We will demand more perks, and we want to get as many of them as possible. Look at the entire Baltic Sea Basin. Not only to the territories belonging to Poland, but also to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We have a broader view – Daniel Obajtik, president of PKN Orlen told reporters.
He added that the effect of scale is key. – If he attends, we will have economies of scale. Indispensable in the case of supply chain, financial aggregation of a strategic operation such as offshore wind power. The operation will cost tens of billions of zlotys. We want to implement it and involve the Polish economy in it as much as possible. For this we need an international partner – said Obajtek.
The company signed a partnership agreement with GE on Wednesday with US company GE Renewable Energy, one of the leading manufacturers of turbines for offshore wind farms. He will be Orlen’s technical partner. GE plans to expand its production capacity in Poland. The turbine manufacturer will strive to create jobs in the country, thus supporting the development of the local supply chain for the entire offshore wind energy industry.
The agreement doesn’t preclude GE from cooperating with other interests, but — Obajtek said — it prioritizes Orlen in supplying key items.
– GE, a global concern, has been in Poland for many years. We carry out various projects with him. Today, our field of cooperation is expanding. Strategic partnership in the implementation of foreign investments is a great opportunity for Orlin and the Polish economy. Jacek Sasin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets, who was present at the ceremony, said it will enable modern technologies to enter Poland, create new jobs, and give a chance to employees who will change industries.
Currently, PKN has one license under which it will build a farm with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The company announces that construction work will start in 2023. The President informed that the procedures are accelerating. In early 2022 and 2023, contracts for the supply of farm components will be concluded. Obajtek emphasized that, by then, GE should prepare to expand production facilities in Poland, so that the participation of the so-called “local content” was as large as possible.
The PKN chief estimates it will reach 50-60 percent throughout the entire OWF creation process. Of course, this does not apply to the first farm itself, whose construction will start soon, but to all the projects that the authority will implement. The concern extends, inter alia, to talks with Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu. ARP has in its portfolio companies that can power the local supply chain.
The port of collection in the case of the investments made by Orlen is Gdynia, and the port of Łeba service. But obtaining new concessions will also require cooperation with other ports. As Obajtek says, talks are underway on this issue.
Orlen wants investments to be carried out in a seamless manner. After completing the construction of one of the farms, he wants to start building the next farm without undue delay. Therefore, she wants to prepare for the operation logistically and technically.
Obajtek argues that a lack of funding for offshore projects will not be a problem. – Our financial situation is stable, we are analyzing various tracks. Funding will not delay the whole process. We have many ideas in this regard – he said.
Offshore wind energy is a key component of Orlin’s green transformation. By 2030, the concern plans to invest 47 billion PLN in low- and zero-emission energy projects, including abroad.
According to the assumptions of PEP2040, wind farms with a total capacity of 5.9 GW will be established in the waters of the Baltic Sea by 2030. By 2040, the generation capacity of farms located in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea will be between 9 and 11 GW. It will be possible, among other things, thanks to the upcoming concession procedures, according to which there are 11 farm sites to be allocated, with a total area of 2342 square kilometres, indicated in the Polish Offshore Development Plan.
The 1.2 GW offshore wind farm implemented by Orlen will be built in partnership with Canada’s Northland Power. The investment area with a total area of about 131 square kilometers is located about 23 kilometers north of the Baltic Sea coast, at the peak of Chuqiu and Chiba. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2026.
Orlen also invests in onshore wind farms. In February of this year, it purchased the 20 MW Kanin farm, located in the West Pomeranian Province, from two foreign investment funds. In turn, in March, the concern purchased from a Spanish investment fund three more onshore wind farms located in the Pomeranian province. These are the projects Kobylnica (41.4 MW), Subkowy (8 MW) and Nowotna (40 MW).
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