Polish port supports offshore wind

Port of Gdynia The Port of Gdynia has joined a project to develop offshore wind farms. Image: Port of Gdynia
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A Polish port has pledged to support the establishment of offshore wind farms on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea to strengthen the renewable energy market.

The Port of Gdynia, the Kosakowo commune, the city of Rumia and the city of Gdynia have signed a letter of intent for the initiative aimed at developing CO2-free renewable energy. The plan proposes that a billion-dollar venture over the years may provide up to 20% of domestic energy demand and help replace coal-fired power plants.

Speaking about the Polish government’s strategy to obtain energy from new sources, the port stated: “Offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea have a chance to play a key role in the energy transformation of Poland towards a low-emission economy, contribute to guaranteeing the country's energy security and help in the fight with air pollution.”

Key role

Kosakowo, Rumia and Gdynia authorities will operate land facilities for wind farm construction. The structural elements will be transported to the port for assembly and transported offshore. The plan could also see factories producing materials for wind farms and construction companies.

Wind farm construction is planned to begin in 2022. Related works and maintenance services will be carried out continuously for at least 18 years.

Adam Meller, president of the managing board of the Port of Gdynia Authorities, said the port already has experience in handling wind farm components.

He added that the port has carried out research into the possibilities of adapting land for the handling, storage and assembly of offshore wind farm components.

“The results indicate that we are ready to service offshore wind farms, both during the construction and operation phases,” he said.

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