France-based oil and gas company TotalEnergies has partnered with Polish mining company KGHM to participate in an auction for offshore wind projects.

The Polish government will lease 11 offshore development areas, whose total capacity amounts to more than 10GW, in the Polish Baltic Sea.

TotalEnergies chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “The development of offshore wind contributes both to Europe’s energy transition and supply security.

“With favourable weather conditions, Poland is particularly well-positioned to participate in the growth of this promising market.

“We are delighted to partner with KGHM to respond to Polish offshore wind tenders.

“Together, we will mobilise all our expertise to meet the challenges of these projects and thus contribute to Poland’s renewable energy goals.”

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The partnership will combine TotalEnergies’ knowledge of offshore operations with KGHM’s experience in the Polish market.

KGHM Polska Miedź management board president Marcin Chludziński said: “In KGHM’s strategy we declared the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050.

“We are past the stage of planning and are involved in concrete actions. We are engaged in the process of acquiring several onshore and offshore projects.

“We have also submitted preliminary applications for the next round of permits in the Baltic.

“Cooperation with a French partner on an offshore wind farm project appears to be highly promising.”

If the partners are successful in the bidding process, they plan to mobilise their resources to develop these projects and create jobs in Poland.

They also aim to contribute to the supply of green electricity in the country at a competitive price.

Last month, TotalEnergies joined the US-based Castle Wind joint venture (JV) with Trident Winds.

Castle Wind plans to develop a 1GW floating offshore wind farm to deliver renewable energy to the state of California.

TotalEnergies entered the JV after purchasing shares previously held by EnBW North America.