DNV has been contracted to carry out project certification for the 1200MW Baltic Power wind farm, one of the first offshore wind farms in Poland.
The 100-turbine project, located 23km north of the country’s Baltic coastline, is expected to begin construction in 2023 and is due to be commissioned by 2026
Baltic Power said the project will have the capacity to power as many as a million Polish homes.
In February 2021, the country’s first Offshore Wind Act came into force, outlining ambitious plans that will make Poland the largest market for offshore wind in the Baltics.
It aims to have installed 5.9 GW of offshore wind generation by 2030, rising to 11 GW by 2040 and 28 GW by 2050, with the Baltic Power wind farm viewed as the first phase of this.
Executive vice president for renewables certification at DNV Kim Sandgaard Mørk said: “Poland is planning impressively rapid growth in offshore wind, with benefits for the country as well as opportunities for local industry and potential global investors.”
DNV’s director of project certification Fabio Pollicino added: “Bringing a technology to a new market with new players also brings new challenges.
“Project certification offers a proven, structured and well trusted way to minimize and manage the risks of rolling out a technology in an emerging offshore wind market.”