Vestas has begun technical discussions with the Port of Gdynia to drive the port’s development as a key infrastructure site for offshore wind in Poland. The collaboration is intended to support the attractiveness of the port to project developers as major hub in the impending build-out of offshore wind in Poland and across the Baltic Sea region. Vestas and the Port of Gdynia are collaborating on a range of topics, including the different requirements of an offshore wind pre-assembly site. Vestas and the Port of Gdynia are engaged in a series of discussions, in which Vestas has shared technical specifications required by a wind turbine manufacturer for the installation of turbines, including its flagship V236-15.0 MW turbine. “We are pleased to be collaborating with the Port of Gdynia to enable the development of their site and make it as attractive as possible for Poland’s offshore wind developers,” said Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, COO of Vestas. “It is imperative that more waterside infrastructure be developed fast in markets considering offshore wind installations in the mid-2020s, particularly so that the offshore wind supply chain is able to deliver offshore wind cost-effectively. Technical discussions such as those being held by Vestas with the Port of Gdynia team will aid the development of such sites to ensure consumers in Poland and other Baltic countries are receiving cost-effective offshore wind energy”. “Since 2018, the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. has been continuously working to prepare the Port of Gdynia to become an installation terminal for offshore wind projects. We believe that cooperation with the global tycoons of the industry at this stage of our preparation will allow us to design and develop the infrastructure that will meet the needs of offshore wind farm developers in the best possible way,” said Jacek Sadaj, CEO of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. Offshore wind activity in Poland is heating up, with a number of projects securing Contracts for Difference through the Offshore Wind Act. The Act engenders up to 5.9 GW allocated by CfD in 2021 and 2.5 GW CfD auctions in 2025 and 2027. Projects will have a seven year award-to-generation deadline, meaning 10.9 GW generating power by 2034. Back in April, RWE secured a CfD for its 350 MW FEW Baltic II whilst Ørsted and PGE secured CfDs for the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. This was followed by news in May that Equinor and Polenergia’s Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III projects were awarded CfDs. Last month, Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office approved a Contract for Difference of the Baltic Power offshore wind farm being developed by PKN ORLEN and Northland Power. More recently, Ocean Winds (OW), a 50-50 offshore wind joint venture owned and created by EDP Renewables and ENGIE has been awarded a contract-for-difference (CfD) for 369.5 MW by the Polish Energy Regulatory Office for the B&C-Wind offshore wind farm. For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.