September 5, 2019 / 9:52 AM / 2 months ago

Poland's state-run PKN and PGE to work together on offshore wind

KRYNICA ZDROJ, Poland, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Poland’s biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen and power producer PGE agreed on Thursday to work together on wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea, as a shift away from polluting fuels slowly gathers pace in the country.

Poland still generates most of its electricity from coal, but wants to develop cleaner sources of energy, including offshore wind and solar power.

“We will jointly deal with designing an electricity network that would send electricity from offshore wind farms and also with preparing the logistics,” PKN Orlen’s Chief Executive Daniel Obajtek told a news conference.

PKN Orlen plans to build a 1.2 gigawatt (GW) wind farm in the Baltic Sea by 2024, while PGE, Poland’s biggest energy group, wants to have at least 2.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

Both PKN and PGE are looking for partners in their projects.

Reporting by Marcin Goclowski and Wojciech Zurawski; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; editing by David Evans

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