The first large concern building offshore wind farms in Poland, Polenergia, has declared that it will choose the Danish port in Bornholm as the home port for the installation of wind structures. There is no such port on the Polish coast, and the construction of the installation terminal in Gdańsk is prolonged.
The port in Gdańsk is to be ready in 2025, but the quay contractor has not yet been selected. The Ministry of Infrastructure explained that in connection with the implementation of the resolution of the Council of Ministers, which indicated the Port of Gdańsk as the location of the offshore wind installation terminal, the Port Authority announced the procedure for the selection of a lessee of the land that will be created as a result of the landing of the sea area.
The deadline for submitting bids expired on June 8 this year, and the Ministry of Infrastructure informs that one initial bid was submitted in the first stage of the procedure.
All this may mean that the Polish port, which was supposed to generate profits for the entire maritime economy on the new branch of offshore energy, will not be built on time. For companies implementing the project, this is a great risk.
Private owned company Polenergia, which together with the Norwegian Equinor is implementing one of the most advanced offshore wind farm projects, expresses its concerns in the financial report for the first quarter of this year:
- This is an action to mitigate one of the project risks at the construction stage - the lack of availability of port facilities.
In February 2023, the company signed with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Poland and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy annexes to the agreement on the selection of the preferred supplier of wind turbines. They allow a formal booking by the supplier of the installation port in Roene on the Danish island of Bornholm.
On the other hand, Polska Grupa Energetyczna still believes in Gdańsk. Company assures that intensive preparatory work is currently underway to create such a port. From recent announcements, we learn that meetings of the government's steering committee are held regularly. The company still has a "time window" for the construction of an installation terminal in Gdańsk. However, PGE admits that it is narrowing every day.
Differnt strategy has PKN Orlen – the concern is building its own installation base in Świnoujście. Orlen Neptun will be responsible for the onshore part of the works at the terminal, and the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority (ZMPSiŚ) is responsible for the hydrotechnical part.