Wind energy – Baltic
RWE Renewables has moved a major step closer to the realisation of its first offshore wind farm in Poland.
Via its Polish subsidiary Baltic Trade & Invest, the company received a positive decision from the regional Director for Environmental Protection in Szczecin.
This decision specifies the environmental conditions for the realisation of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm, which will be located in the Polish Baltic Sea, near the city of Ustka and has a planned capacity of 350 megawatts (MW).
It was the first Environmental Impact Assessment for a Polish offshore wind project, which has been assessed under a cross-border procedure (ESPOO convention), with participation of Danish and Swedish stakeholders.
The whole Environmental Impact Assessment campaign for the offshore wind farm site took two years and was conducted with strong contributions from Polish scientific institutes and companies: among others the University of Gdansk, the Naval Academy, the Polish Geological Institute, the Institute of Oceanology of Polish Academy of Sciences as well as the research services 3Bird and Tringa.
Receiving the environmental permit is a significant milestone in the development of RWE’s first offshore project off the Polish coast. Subject to the final investment decision, construction works could commence as early as 2024. Once fully operational, the wind farm would be capable of producing enough green electricity to supply the equivalent needs of around 350,000 Polish households.
For the operation and maintenance of its F.E.W. Baltic II project RWE has chosen the Port of Ustka.