Equinor ASA (OSE:EQNR) has selected the city of Leba to set up the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the Polish offshore wind projects it is developing with local partner Polenergia SA (WSE:PEP).
The Norwegian firm said today it has acquired a site at the port of Leba and will construct, own and operate the base that will support Equinor and Polenergia’s Baltyk projects. The partners are jointly developing the Baltyk III and Baltyk II projects, totalling 1440 MW, that secured contracts for difference (CfDs) earlier this month, as well as the Baltyk I area.
According to the announcement, Equinor is the first developer to confirm an offshore wind maintenance port in Poland.
"We are making a long-term investment in Leba as a future hub of offshore wind in Poland," said Michal Kolodziejczyk, Equinor country manager in Poland.
The O&M base, featuring an office, storage, and transportation facilities, would serve as the logistics hub for the Baltyk projects. Equinor noted that the site’s proximity to the Baltyk offshore wind farm areas will help to optimise safety and operation costs.