The Minister of Infrastructure announced on 9 January 2023 that, in the adjudication procedure for area 43.E.1, the qualifying minimums were achieved – in order of the points received: PGE Baltica 4, EDF Renewable Offshore Poland I, Cormano and the POW-Polish Offshore Wind-Co company established by Eni Plenitude and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
PGE CEO Wojciech Dąbrowski’s comment issued after the decision was adopted highlighted –
The fact that the PGE Group obtained the highest number of points in the permit procedure for offshore wind farms in the area 43.E.1 is tantamount to PGE obtaining a permit for the development of this area. It is located close to the offshore wind projects we are implementing and the service port in Ustka, which is under construction, which will allow us to take advantage of the synergy effect and the scale of our operations. This gives us an advantage and sets us apart from our competitors, as it allows us to shorten processes and optimise the costs of many project tasks. This permit, in addition to the three ongoing offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea with a total installed capacity of approximately 3.4 GW, is another step towards achieving the PGE Group’s strategic goal of having at least 6.5 GW of installed generation capacity in the Baltic Sea by 2040.
In the first decision for the second phase of the Polish offshore development, the Ministry announced that in the adjudication proceedings for Area 53.E.1, no applicant had achieved the qualifying minimum. Decisions on a further three areas should be announced shortly. While, a decision on a further more six areas is planned for mid-2023.