Polish private energy group Polenergia has received the environmental permit for the development of the 600MW Baltic Srodkowy III offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, with a potential investment of $2.5bn.
Polenergia is the first operator in Poland to be awarded with the permit by the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection (RDOS) in Gdansk.
Under the terms of the deal, the company will work on the technical design of the Baltic Srodkowy III offshore wind farm, which is the country’s first wind farm in the Baltic Sea.
Polenergia head Jacek Glowacki said: “The issue of the first environmental decision for offshore wind farms in Poland is a critical milestone in the development of these projects.
“The total capacity of the planned farm is 1,200MW, which is three times higher than the capacity of onshore wind farm projects which have been suspended due to the distance limitations.”
Located 23km north off the coast of the Baltic Sea, the new wind farm will be equipped with 120 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 5MW.
Being the largest wind turbine ever deployed in Poland, it will reach up to a height of 275m, while the blade diameter will be 200m.
Polenergia would take three years to prepare the technical design and obtain building permission, while the construction work of the project is expected to begin in 2019.
The new wind project is expected to supply electricity to the Polish coast within the next five years.
The operational life of the Baltic Srodkowy III offshore wind farm is planned for 25 years.