April 26 (Renewables Now) - Polish private energy group Polenergia SA said on Tuesday it has secured a legally-binding environmental decision for the 600-MW second phase of its 1.2-GW offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea.
The environmental decision, issued by the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Gdansk, concerns the 600-MW Polenergia Baltic Sea II offshore wind project, also known as Polenergia Baltyk II. Last year, the company got the environmental green light for the first phase of the scheme -- the Polenergia Baltyk III.
In a statement announcing the approval, Polenergia said that if it manages to acquire additional connection capacity after completing the initial project, the company could expand each of the two wind farms to 1.2 GW, or to 2.4 GW in total. The existing contract allows for the connection to the grid of 600 MW by 2021 and another 600 MW by end-2025.
Jacek Glowacki, vice president of Polenergia’s management board, commented that, based on expert calculations, the Polish gross domestic product (GDP) will earn PLN 60 billion (USD 15.5bn/EUR 14.2bn) if the country adds 6 GW of offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea by 2030. Moreover, roughly 77,000 new jobs will be created.
“Whether this will be the case, largely depends on the regulatory environment, including the schedule and results of the auction for renewable energy generated with this technology”, Glowacki said.
Polenergia expects to start construction works on the 1.2-GW project in 2019 at the earliest, once it receives the required construction permit. First power from the initial phase could be fed to the Polish grid in 2021-2022 and the entire complex is seen to be completed in 2026. The company plans to use wind turbines with individual capacity of 8 MW to 10 MW.
(PLN 1.0 = USD 0.258/EUR 0.237)