Polish Briefing 20 June, 2022 7:30 am   

Polish Briefing: Exchange of thoughts on the National Recovery Plan | Baltic Power completed geotechnical research for offshore wind farms


What goes on in Poland on the 20th of June.

Exchange of thoughts on the National Recovery Plan

On June 14, 2022, there was a presentation on the National Recovery Plan and its future. A meeting on the National Reconstruction Plan (KPO) organized by the Institute of Green Economy (IZG) in cooperation with Forum Energii and WiseEuropa took place in Warsaw. Maciej Bukowski, the president of WiseEuropa, presented a summary of the KPO analysis in terms of economic effects. – KPO would not have been created if it were not for the pandemic. If it weren’t for the war, REPowerEU wouldn’t exist as well. The plan must fit in with the current priorities and adapt to the current situation, he said.

– As for Poland, we could take 60 billion euros. We didn’t take that much. 23.9 billion euros are subsidies, 11.5 million are preferential loans. The state receives a pool of money from the European Commission, some of it is non-returnable. The first payout will be determined by the achievement of specific milestones. Their deadline for implementation – Q2 2022 – is very close, which may cause a delay. In my opinion, the document provides a minimum curriculum. We are not getting any closer to the Fit For 55 goals, we will still be some 10 years behind the reduction in emissions. However, it must be emphasized that the potential of the government’s climate ambitions is greater than, say, five years ago, emphasized Maciej Bukowski.

Baltic Power completed geotechnical research for offshore wind farms

Baltic Power – as the first developer in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea – finalized geotechnical research. Measurements were carried out on the farm area of over 130 km2, and along a 30 km long cable that carries energy from the sea to the land. A team of several hundred researchers, technicians and operators performed thousands of measurements and soundings. In total, the ships participating in the campaign worked over 20,000 hours. During this time, several thousand meters of specialist drilling was performed at the planned locations of the farm’s infrastructure. Their depth, depending on the place of research, was up to several dozen meters.

– Involvement in the development of zero-emission energy generation sources, including offshore wind farms, is a strategic direction, the implementation of which supports the process of energy transformation of the Orlen Group and the Polish economy. As part of the offshore entry project carried out by Baltic Power, we were the first on this market in Poland to finalize the research that was crucial for the success of this initiative. Thus, we confirm that Baltic Power manages one of the most dynamically developing projects in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. With the completion of the farm construction in 2026, we will strengthen Poland’s energy security by providing the economy with up to 1.2 GW of clean energy from the sea – says Daniel Obajtek, President of PKN Orlen.