RWE Renewables has acquired a pipeline of up to four offshore wind projects in Poland as part of its ambitions to enter the Polish market and grow its offshore operations across Europe. The projects have a total generation capacity of more than 1.5 GW
The company has acquired the shares in a number of project companies from private owners and developers. RWE said it intends to develop, build and operate the projects.
The four projects, which are in different development stages, are all located around the Slupsk bank area in the central Polish Baltic Sea. The company said construction might start as early as 2023.
Following a recent asset swap with Eon, RWE Renewables now has more than 9 GW of installed capacity and 2.6 GW under construction.
RWE Renewables chief executive Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath said, “As one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, RWE sees great potential for offshore wind in the Polish sector of the Baltic. Our strategy is to develop the projects, build them and drive the growth of offshore wind energy in Poland with our operations forward.”
RWE chief operating officer offshore and new markets Sven Utermöhlen said, “The company has already considerable experience in Poland through its longstanding and growing onshore operations.
“Poland is a very attractive emerging market for offshore wind, and one with the best untapped potential in Europe. RWE is keen to enter it early, leverage our global offshore capabilities and strong local presence and help build a strong offshore wind sector in the country.”