Ocean Winds has received an “Environmental Decision” for its BC-Wind project in the Baltic Sea, completing the environmental impact assessment process.
The Regional Directorate Environmental for Protection (RDOŚ) made the decision in Gdańsk, Poland, for the BC-Wind offshore wind farm project. The investment, with a capacity of 400 MW, is to be built about 23 km north of the municipalities of Choczewo and Krokowa in the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
“Receiving the environmental decision brings Ocean Winds significantly closer to the first Ocean Winds wind farm in the Polish Baltic Sea. The environmental decision is an important milestone for Ocean Winds in the implementation of the BC-Wind project. Now we are focusing on the next phases of investment, especially securing the contracts with supply chain in line with the targeted project schedule.” – says Grzegorz Gorski, COO of Ocean Winds.
“Since 2019, we have conducted a series of comprehensive research involving more than 160 experts, 15 watercrafts, a remote-controlled submarine, and a specialised aircraft. We surveyed a large area of 298 km2 and collected information on 140 different objects on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, of which 72 were classified as geological forms and 6 were identified as shipwrecks.” – added Kacper Kostrzewa, Project Director for the BC-Wind project.
The remote-controlled underwater vehicle was used to collect information on boulders, cable lines, characteristic geological formations, or locations of the wrecks.
In addition, the occurrence of seabirds and migratory birds over the planned investment area, the activity of bats and the occurrence of marine mammals were assessed. The analysis was carried out with acoustic underwater detectors and an observation aircraft. Moreover, hydrological and meteorological monitoring considering the ocean currents was carried out, as well as the extraction and examination of more than 1,700 litres of seawater to analyse the quality of surface and groundwater.
The BC-Wind offshore farm is being developed as planned. In 2013, a site permit was issued for C-Wind and B-Wind (so-called permits for constructing and using artificial islands, structures, and installations for offshore wind farms). In 2019, environmental research (required for the environmental impact assessment of investments) was carried out. A year later, the preliminary geological surveys of the seabed were completed, and the company received the conditions for connection to the grid (issued by the TSO – Polish Electricity Networks).
Image source: Courtesy of Ocean Winds
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