British oil giant Shell Plc (LON:SHEL) said on Monday it has filed proposals for new offshore wind locations in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea zone as part of the latest tender in the country.
Shel did not disclose details about its planned projects. It said, though, it has signed the Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the purpose of which is to develop local content in the supply chain supporting the construction and operation of such plants. As part of that deal, the industry has pledged to create up to 60,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2040.
“Offshore wind has a chance to become a cornerstone of both the Polish energy transition as well as energy independence. It is equally an important part of Shell’s plans for Poland as we look to expand our lower-carbon businesses and help a range of sectors decarbonise,” commented Shell Poland Country Chair, Piotr Kuberka.
Poland aims to reach 11 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2040, while WindEurope estimates the country’s potential in this sector at 28 GW by 2050.
Shell has been an energy partner for Poland for more than 30 years but does not have any offshore wind parks there yet. The company manages 1 GW of onshore wind, solar and biogas in Poland through its virtual power plant company Next Kraftwerke.