State-owned Polish Transmission System Operator, PSE, has said that 4 GW of offshore wind could be installed in the Polish Baltic Sea by 2026/27 with up to 8 GW in the longer term.
Poland has become a major player in the offshore wind supply chain in recent years with major investments in the manufacturing of turbine foundations and the cranes and jack-up vessels used in installation and maintenance. The Polish wind industry now supports 12,000 jobs. This number would grow significantly with the development of a domestic offshore wind market.
According to Janusz Gajowiecki, President of the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA): “Today Polish companies could deliver up to 50% of the components required to build offshore wind farms. PWEA has identified almost 80 companies that could deliver the necessary products and services, starting from offshore wind farm design and planning, production and installation of turbine components and connection infrastructure, to offshore wind farm operation and maintenance”.