The chief executive of Polish energy company PKN Orlen has confirmed plans to invest in the development of offshore windfarms in the Baltic.
Speaking to Reuters, PKN Orlen chief executive Daniel Obajtek said, “We are at the stage of carrying out environmental studies and wind tests… By 2024 we should have finished the preparatory stage. We plan to start investment in 2024.”
As reported previously by OWJ, PKN Orlen is one of a number of Polish entities planning to develop offshore windfarms.
In January 2019 the company confirmed that an Orlen group company, Baltic Power, was about to commence surveys to assess the environmental impact of building windfarms and gather data about wind conditions at its offshore wind licence area.
To that end, an agreement has been signed with a consortium comprising MEWO SA and the Maritime Institute of Gdansk with a view to obtaining an environmental permit for the project and determining the production potential of the windfarm.
Speaking earlier this year, Mr Obajtek said, “Renewable energy will continue to gain prominence and we cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity for sustainable development, so we have made low-emission energy generation a priority in our updated strategy. The agreement to conduct the surveys is another step in our preparations for the construction of an offshore wind project in the Baltic.”
PKN Orlen first assembled a team to plan an offshore wind project with a potential of up to 1.2 GW in 2018.