Energy company Shell, through its subsidiary Amber Baltic Wind Ltd, has submitted bids in a recent public tender for proposals for new offshore wind sites in the Polish Baltic Sea zone.
Shell sees its long experience in complex offshore projects in the North Sea as an asset.
Shell has been operating in Poland for 30 years and is very familiar with the energy market conditions in the country. Shell has signed the Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal, which aims to increase the participation of Polish entrepreneurs in the supply chain for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. Under the sector agreement, the industry has committed to create up to 60,000, directly or indirectly, jobs in Polish wind energy by 2040.
According to WindEurope, up to 28 GW of offshore wind power may be installed in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea by 2050.
“Offshore wind energy, which has the potential to become a cornerstone of Poland’s energy transition and independence, is an important part of Shell’s plans to grow our business in low-carbon solutions and support the decarbonization of many sectors of the economy”, says Shell in a release.
The company’s portfolio currently includes offshore wind farms in operation (844 MW), under construction (3.5 GW) and in development (16.7 GW) with a total capacity of approximately 21 GW in Europe, Asia and North America. Shell’s offshore wind plans range from conventional wind turbines with traditional foundations attached to the seabed to floating farms, to installations generating hydrogen from wind energy and projects that combine offshore wind technology with floating photovoltaic installations and energy storage.