600 MW Polish wind farm wins approval

Polenergia SA has been granted an environmental permit by the Polish government to develop the Baltic Srodkowy III 600-MW wind farm in the Baltic Sea.
Offshore wind turbines
It is the first environmental permit to be issued for offshore wind in Poland and the Polish energy company aims to secure building permission and begin construction in 2019.

SeeNews reports that the project will have an overall capacity of 1.2 GW, with the company expecting the environmental decision for the second 600 MW later in 2016.

The permit granted by the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection in Gdansk, means that work can now start on the technical design of the facility. It will consist of 120 turbines of up to 5 MW, located 23 km (14.3 miles) off the coast. The wind farm is expected to start generating electricity in 2021-22.

The total investment is estimated at $2.5bn/EUR2.3bn, and according to the company up to 60 per cent of that sum could be spent in Poland.

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