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12 January 2018

1st Polish Country Workshop conducted in Warsaw: „Development of integrated offshore transmission infrastructure for offshore wind energy in the South Baltic Sea”

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On 12th of January 2018 the 1st Polish Country workshop titled "Development of integrated offshore transmission infrastructure for offshore wind energy in the South Baltic Sea" was held in Warsaw. The event was organised by the Foundation for Sustainable Energy (FNEZ), and as part of the Baltic InteGrid’s Baltic Offshore Grid Forum activities, attracted different stakeholders such as representatives of the government, maritime administration, transmission network operator and industry experts. The aim of the workshop was to consult and discuss the first results of the preliminary Feasibility Study for the Poland-Sweden-Lithuania interconnectors integrated with offshore wind farms. In addition, results of the analysis performed by FNEZ under the programme “Baltic Energy for Poland 2025” regarding the potential of offshore wind energy in Poland were discussed.

This workshop permitted to draw several conclusions concerning the future development of OWE in the Baltic Sea Region. For instance, based on the results of Baltic Energy for Poland 2025, it is possible to confirm that there will be a potential of Offshore Wind Energy by the end of 2030 of approx. 4 GW and approx. 8 GW by the end of 2035. Thanks to the example of the potential Polish-Swedish interconnector, experts from FNEZ, Energy Forum and Energy Institute in Gdańsk could confirm that technical solutions, appropriate potential of offshore wind energy and market conditions are available to develop the Baltic Offshore Grid integrated with OWE farms. The first results of the preliminary Feasibility Study show that Baltic Offshore Grid integrated with OWE farms may be financially beneficial, reduce the environmental and socioeconomic impacts and increase the energy security. Finally, participants agreed that the key element required to take final decisions on the infrastructure corridors in the Polish Maritime Spatial Plan, as well as on the grid development plan in Poland, is to define the level of ambition for the development of OWE in the Polish Energy Policy this year.

The results of the discussions during the meeting will be implemented in the Pre-Feasibility Study and in the Baltic Energy for Poland 2025 program.

For more details, please see the minutes of the meeting:

Minutes of the 1st Country Workshop Poland, Warsaw