The Baltic Sea will be enriched with another service port – according to the announcements of Polish decision-makers and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan of Poland, it will be Łeba. The Norwegian Equinor has announced that it has purchased a plot of land in this city, on which a maintenance and service base will be built.
In Poland, the issue of establishing ports for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms is being considered. According to the announcements of Polish decision-makers, Gdynia will be the main installation port, while Łeba and Ustka will be service ports. The concept of building ports in Władysławowo, Kołobrzeg, Gdańsk and Szczecin also appeared in the media space.
The Norwegian tycoon Equinor has announced that it has purchased a plot of land on which
a maintenance and service base will be built. The investor, together with the Polish private company Polenergia, creates a joint venture to build offshore wind energy farms: (Offshore Wind Farm Bałtyk III and Offshore Wind Farm Bałtyk II) with a total capacity of 1,440 MW. Equinor is responsible for the construction and operation of the service port.
The base in Łeba will serve as a logistics center for offshore farms in the Baltic Sea. It will consist of offices, warehouse buildings and transport equipment. The proximity of the base to the farms under construction will increase the safety of sea operations and the optimization of service costs.
– This long-term investment will contribute to the establishment of an offshore wind energy center in Poland in Łeba. We support the development of local communities, and the projects implemented together with Polenergia and our Operations & Maintenance base mean new jobs and new investments for Łeba and the entire region – says Michał Kołodziejczyk, President of the Management Board of Equinor Polska.
In turn, Dr. Michał Michalski informed that farm projects are an important element of the energy and economic transformation of Poland and Europe. Their implementation will contribute to the reduction of harmful pollutants and the diversification of energy sources, and the creation of jobs.
By the decision of the Polish Energy Regulatory Office, two Polish farms received a positive decision granting the right to cover the negative balance for electricity produced in power plants. It is an important element of the first phase of support for the development of offshore farms in Polish waters.