Poland's largest utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (PGE) will begin talks with Denmark's Orsted about the sale of a 50% stake in two offshore wind farm (OWF) projects with combined capacity of 2.5 GW the company is developing in the Baltic Sea.
According to Danish offshore wind major, the subject of discussions will be a sale of 50% of the shares in two special-purpose vehicles: Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-3, which is developing a project with a planned capacity of approximately 1 GW, and Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-2, which is developing a project with a planned capacity of approximately 1.5 GW.
The Baltica-3 project is due to enter into operation in 2026 and the Baltica-2 project by 2030.
PGE launched a search for a strategic partner to prepare, build and operate the two offshore wind farms last year. Work on the wind farms is due to start in 2022. The proposed wind farms are situated 20 kilometres from the Polish coastline and are expected to produce first electricity in 2025-2026.
Ørsted has a global offshore wind portfolio of exceeding 5.6 GW, making it one of the largest offshore wind developers in the market. By 2020, it aims to expand its offshore wind capacity to 7.5 GW.