The PGE Group has taken another step on the way to implementing its ambitious programme of building wind farms in the Baltic Sea, which is an element of the company's transformation towards the low-carbon economy. On 24 January 2020 the Regional Director for Environmental Protection (RDOŚ) in Gdańsk issued an environmental consent for two offshore wind farm projects belonging to PGE, namely Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. The decision gives PGE green light to start work on the basic design for both farms.
As previously announced, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and Ørsted have signed a preliminary agreement describing the framework for cooperation in the acquisition of 50% of shares by the Danish group in two offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW, as well as in the implementation of these projects.
The aim of this research is to estimate the impact of the slowdown of wind flow caused in their surroundings by large offshore wind farms [the so-called blockage effect]. This phenomenon will be simulated with numerical fluid mechanics methods. On this basis it is possible to accurately estimate the future profitability of investments in the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 farms. The research will take about a year and the first results of the analyses are expected in early 2021.
Polish companies are aware of global trends in the development of renewable energy and are not going to be left behind. To this end, during the Economic Forum in Krynica, the PGE Group and the ORLEN Group signed a letter of intent on cooperation in the development of offshore wind energy. The Polish champions intend to jointly support the development of offshore wind energy, bearing in mind the positive impact of the development of this technology on the Polish economy, including maximizing the share of Polish suppliers and contractors.