Polish government is creating legislation to enable offshore wind development
According to industry bodies in Poland, the nation’s government is creating a bill that will enable the development of offshore wind projects.
Janusz Gajowiecki, the President of Polish Wind Energy Association, and Forum Energii have announced the news to the Offshore Wind Journal.
The Polish MP, Zbigniew Gryglas, has confirmed that the country is targeting 6GW of new offshore capacity by 2030, with the potential of reaching 10GW by 2040.
“Polish companies are already strong players in the offshore sector,” Gryglas informed Money.pl.
“We believe offshore wind energy generation could be a Polish specialty,” he added.
The politician noted that there will be an opening of opportunities for firms within the offshore wind supply chain, Money.pl reported.
Gryglas also suggested that the share in enterprises in the country could reach 40-50%, and eventually hit 80%.
Previous reports had suggested that Poland may see its first wind farm in the Baltic coast as early as 2022.
However, the President of the Polish transmissions system operator PSE, Eryk Klosowski, has previously predicted that 4GW of offshore wind power could be installed by 2026.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.