On 10 December Equinor completed the acquisition of a 50% interest in the offshore wind development project Bałtyk I in Poland from Polenergia. The company now has an interest in all three Bałtyk offshore wind development projects (MFW Bałtyk III, MFW Bałtyk II i MFW Bałtyk I.).
“The acquisition of Bałtyk I strengthens our presence in the Baltic Sea area. With interest in all three – Bałtyk I, II and III projects, we have the opportunity to build scale and value in what we see as an important energy region,” says Jens Økland, Senior vice president for business development in New energy solutions in Equinor.
The Bałtyk I offshore location license allows for a development of a wind farm with a capacity up to 1560 MW of which Equinor will hold 50%. Equinor will be the manager for the construction preparation and the potential construction and operational phases.
It was in 2018 that Equinor acquired a 50% interest in the offshore wind development projects Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III which have a combined planned capacity of 1,440 MW with the potential to power more than two million Polish households. Later that year, Equinor decided to exercise an option to acquire a 50% interest in the Bałtyk I offshore wind development project, and this transaction is now concluded.
The wind farm area is in the Baltic Sea in water depths of 25-35 metres, approximately 80 kilometres from the port of Łeba.
“Poland is an important market for Equinor and we are pleased to continue our partnership with Polenergia, which is an experienced energy company with an in-depth knowledge of the Polish energy market,” says Økland.
The two companies have a 50/50 joint venture and are working together to mature the Baltyk projects towards construction.
Equinor welcomes the recent progress in the development of a legal framework for offshore wind in Poland. Clearly defined targets for offshore wind, a robust and predictable framework that sets the right incentives and a streamlined permitting process will be key success factors to develop the offshore wind sector in Poland and to realise the Polish supply chain potential.