The Industrial Development Agency JSC (ARP S.A.), together with strategic partners GRI Renewable Industries, S.L. and Baltic Towers Sp. z o.o., is launching a new investment to support the development of Offshore Wind Energy (OWE). This is a landmark event for the Polish renewable energy sector.
On August 31, 2023, construction of an offshore tower factory was inaugurated in Gdansk. This is an investment that is expected to be a significant step towards strengthening Poland’s position in the field of renewable energy. The inauguration ceremony brought together many guests from the wind energy sector and representatives of local and national authorities.
The construction of a new offshore tower factory in Gdansk, which is a joint venture between ARP S.A., Spanish company GRI Renewable Industries, S.L. and Baltic Towers sp. z o.o., which was established to carry out the investment, is expected to contribute to significant progress in the development of the wind energy sector in Poland. The new investment, located in Gdansk with access to the waterfront, will include the construction of an offshore tower manufacturing facility for the largest planned wind turbines of more than 15 MW. The state-of-the-art production facility, designed and built in accordance with Industry 4.0 standards, will have a production capacity capable of manufacturing more than 150 towers per year. The new plant will meet the highest technical, quality and environmental standards set by key customers in the OWE market.
Thanks to the use of innovative solutions, already at the design stage, the newly built plant will be friendly to both employees and the environment. More than 500 highly specialized jobs will be created, in the modern and promising offshore wind energy industry.
Offshore wind energy is currently one of the fastest growing energy sectors. Both the dynamic boom driven by the European energy policy, the implemented energy transition processes in Poland and the adopted law on promoting electricity generation in offshore wind farms are aimed at significantly increasing the share of renewable energy in energy generation. Such conditions justify the investment decisions that are being made, which not only meet market demand, but also contribute to increasing energy security in Poland and Europe.
The new investment is also perfectly in line with the concept of “local content”, which is an important element in the transformation and acceleration of the Polish economy – modernizing it and developing it in terms of Polish economic interest and involvement in the development of the local community.
The effects of this investment will be seen and felt locally, supporting the development of local resources and contributing to the creation of a lasting legacy for the Gdansk community and beyond. The new investment will undeniably bring a positive change to the existing landscape of Gdansk, especially in the areas of the Gdansk Shipyard.
It is an investment that will become part of the economic landscape of the Tri-City for years to come, restoring industrial functions in the area of the southern end of Ostrów Island.
Guests at the ceremony included Jon Riberas – Chairman of GRI Renewable Industries and Ramiro Fernández Bachiller – Spanish Ambassador to Poland.
– We are proud to participate in this key project for wind energy in Poland. It aims to achieve sustainability and carbon neutrality. This joint venture creates a global leader in the offshore market that will contribute to the ambitious goals for installing renewable energy sources in the next decade – stresses Jon Riberas.
– The Industrial Development Agency has been committed to rebuilding the industrial potential of the Polish economy for years. In turn, the ARP’s new strategy is to invest more in the energy transition. I am convinced that the construction of a tower factory for offshore wind energy in Gdansk is a wind in the sails for the entire Polish economy. It is a project that combines economic interests, and those of strategic energy security, of Poland and Europe – added Cezariusz Lesisz, President of the Management Board of the Industrial Development Agency JSC.
The shovel-driving ceremony was a symbolic event, marking the beginning of the construction of the plant, which is expected to become an important element in the renewable energy landscape in Poland and Europe as early as in the second quarter of 2025.