Polish fuel firm secures grid deal for its Baltic wind farm

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Poland's leading petroleum company has signed an agreement with the national grid operator to secure the transfer of electricity from its ongoing offshore wind farm project.

Under the accord, the clean energy from PKN Orlen's wind farm will feed into the national grid system, the fuel company said in statement issued on Thursday.

"Baltic Power, a subsidiary of the Orlen Group, has signed with Polish grid operator PSE a contract for the connection of a Baltic offshore wind farm to the grid," Orlen said.

"It is one of the key stages in preparing the investment to ensure that the clean energy produced on the sea will reach the national grid system," Orlen added.

Orlen will start production of the clean energy in a few years' time, said the company's CEO, Daniel Obajtek, adding that the power will cover the needs of "up to a million households."

"The signed agreement is a strong signal that our project is entering an advanced stage of preparations," Obajtek also said.

Orlen has been preparing the construction of a 1.2-GW offshore wind farm off the central part of Poland's Baltic Sea coast. The conglomerate is planning to spend PLN 47 billion (EUR 10.33 billion) on low or zero-emission power generation by 2030.