Offshore wind farms are a relatively new form of electricity generation that has been developed on a large scale in Europe for only a dozen or so years. At the same time, its high potential makes it one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources. New offshore wind power projects in the Baltic are expected to boost the development of new sectors of the economy.
The Polish State Energy Policy 2040 (PEP2040) envisages wind farms in the Baltic with a total capacity of 8–11 GW. Experts from the Polish Wind Energy Association believe that the construction of just 6 GW of generation capacity will result in investment projects exceeding PLN 133bn PLN and will create about 34 thousand new jobs.
Construction of the first offshore facilities, including the ORLEN Group’s project, requires building a strong and efficient supply-chain. The ORLEN Group, through Baltic Power, intends to engage Polish companies in the process and thus contribute to the development of Poland’s offshore wind sector. Given the scale of the project, the planned supply-chain will involve many branches of the economy. The future collaboration will involve a few stages of the project, starting from the ongoing preparation of the project, through the construction phase, to the operation phase spanning more than 25 years.
The development of the offshore wind power sector opens up new business opportunities for Polish companies, located both in the Pomerania region and further inland. Sectors and service providers that will benefit the most from the implementation of the offshore wind power project include:
- Ports and harbours (transport of equipment, construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms)
- Shipyards (vessels to support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms, which are in the shortest supply on the market)
- Logistics and warehouses (equipment delivery logistics – foundations, tower components, turbines, blades and their storage)
- Engineering, logistics, maintenance, and consulting services companies
- Construction, design, welding, installation and telecommunications services
- Manufacture of cables (a single offshore farm requires as many as several hundred kilometres of cables to operate)
- Maintenance and servicing of offshore installations
- Research services (environmental research, preparation of pre- and post-implementation reports and analyses, energy, construction and design studies)
- Education (business consulting, training programmes for employees of construction, servicing and maintenance companies)
Companies wishing to work on our offshore wind farm projects are invited to register using the dedicated form. The data thus obtained will be used, among other purposes, to build a database of businesses interested in participating in the supply-chain for offshore wind farms and to facilitate contact when the next PKN ORLEN Offshore Wind Supply-Chain Meetings are held.
REGISTRATION FORM FOR BUSINESSES
Enquiries concerning cooperation in the supply chain may be sent to: OffshoreSuppliers@orlen.pl