Offshore – local content and international partnerships key to success

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Offshore is a strategic area of emerging energy, and its success depends on a smooth combination of two important factors: local content and international partnerships. This is the main message that emerged from the debate on “Benefits of offshore wind farm development – offshore as an opportunity for the economy and society” during the fourth installment of the Offshore Wind Poland 2023 Conference in Warsaw.

Offshore Wind Poland 2023 Conference

Offshore Wind Poland 2023 is a conference dedicated to offshore wind energy in Poland. The meeting was held on November 21-22. Organized by the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA), it was the place to present key information on the development of the sector and regulatory changes that could increase its potential.

The conference discussed five important demands of the offshore wind industry:

  1. The need to create procedures to allow the crossing of submarine cables in the Baltic Sea;
  2. Greater flexibility in the project implementation process, especially when it comes to micro-movement of wind turbines;
  3. Sanctioning the sale of energy from offshore wind farms before the completion of technological commissioning;
  4. Ability to connect energy storage to wind farms without losing the right to support;
  5. Revision of maritime development plans to allow installation of more power in the Baltic Sea (33 GW of power).

Development of the Offshore Wind Energy Sector in Poland

The conference also included a debate on “Benefits of Offshore Wind Farm Development – Offshore as an Opportunity for the Economy and Society,” the key conclusion of which was that the success of Poland’s offshore program depends on a balanced mix of local content and international partnerships. It is this balance that can contribute to the development of wind power in the Baltic and create new jobs, as well as ensure Poland’s future supply of green energy. Cooperation between state-owned companies and multinational corporations is key to achieving this goal.

“The 500 kilometers of our coastline have the potential for a giant power plant. Support for offshore must exist in Poland, we have no other choice. Only good times lie ahead for offshore wind energy investors in Poland. If we are looking for a place to produce green hydrogen in Poland, we already know today that the Baltic Sea will be a natural space for this. It is necessary to combine offshore power generation potentials with the water resources provided by the sea.” – explained Stanislaw Gawlowski, senator of the Civic Platform.

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The role of local content

The debate highlighted the important role played by the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Program. This sectoral agreement, signed in 2021, regulates the participation of local content in MEW projects and the development of the labor market in the Polish offshore. According to him, state-owned companies are crucial in the sector, but opening up to international partnerships is the key to success.

“The provisions of this agreement are one thing, but specific projects show how to put these assumptions into practice. Here, as EDF Renewables, we have very broad and fresh experience. In the middle of last year, EDF Renewables launched France’s first offshore wind farm, Saint-Nazaire. During the construction phase, we created more than 2,300 jobs in the country, including 1,200 in the Loire region alone. We would like to adopt the same model of involving local companies and competencies in the development of projects with our partners in Poland.” – Alicja Chilińska-Zawadzka, General Director of EDF Renewables Poland, stressed.

International partnerships and their experience as key to success

In view of the difficulties faced by offshore investors around the world, international partnerships based on knowledge transfer, experience and financial cooperation seem to be the best solution. The development of offshore wind energy in Poland is becoming increasingly promising thanks to a sustainable approach that combines local content and international cooperation. This is an opportunity both for green energy and for the development of the economy and job market. State-owned companies and multinational corporations, are playing a key role in shaping this forward-looking sector.


Source: Press release of EDF Renewables Poland

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