January 22, 2023
THE SPANISH GROUP GRI RENEWABLE INDUSTRIES AND THE POLISH INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ARP ANNOUNCE A JOINT INVESTMENT OF 200 MILLION EUROS TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY
GRI Renewable Industries (GRI), and the Polish Industrial Development Agency ARP, create a Joint Venture for the construction of a new offshore wind tower factory in the city of Gdansk, Poland.
The estimated value of this investment is more than 200 million euros, and production is expected to start in 2025 with the hiring of 400 workers.
The planned investment will meet the growing demand for wind towers and the dynamic development of the offshore wind energy market in Poland and the rest of Europe, which will significantly increase the participation of Polish companies and the Spanish company GRI in the supply chain of offshore wind farm construction in the Baltic Sea.
“We are very proud to participate in this major wind energy project towards sustainability and carbon neutrality. This joint venture will create a world leader in the offshore market which is becoming more and more demanding year after year” concluded Jon Riberas Executive Chairman of GRI.
Mateusz Berger, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure., said: “Poland has been creating a supply chain in the offshore wind sector for several years. Offshore wind turbines will be manufactured in our country and in this way we involve domestic companies as co-manufacturers and create an offshore wind ecosystem. Working with an experienced partner like GRI allows us to expand our production and service facilities”. He adds that “this agreement also incorporates future maintenance of offshore wind farm technology in the Baltic Sea. The whole process is in line with the developing energy transition policy, which emphasises the benefits and importance of a zero-emission offshore wind sector.”
Industry 4.0 for wind turbines with a capacity of more than 14 MW
As part of the investment, located on the island of Ostrów in Gdansk, with direct access to the mooring quay, an offshore tower production hall will be built with the capacity to manufacture towers for the planned largest wind turbines with a capacity of more than 14 MW. This modern production facility, designed and built according to Industry 4.0 standards, will have the capacity to manufacture more than 200 offshore towers per year. “The plant will meet the highest technical, quality and environmental standards set by key customers in the offshore wind energy market,” said Cezariusz Lesisz, President of the ARP Industrial Development Agency.
The newly built plant will be employee and environmentally friendly thanks to the use of innovative solutions already in the design phase. More than 400 skilled jobs will be created in the offshore wind energy industry.
Growth context for offshore wind energy
Offshore wind energy is currently one of the fastest growing energy sectors. The dynamic economic context driven by the European Union’s energy policies, the implementation of energy transformation processes in Poland, as well as the national law on the promotion of electricity generated from offshore wind farms contribute to the significant increase in the share of renewable energies in energy production.
This cooperation with Spain’s GRI Renewable Industries is one of the projects aimed at stimulating the growth of offshore wind energy in Poland of the ARP Industrial Development Agency, and incorporated within the Sectoral Agreement for the Development of Offshore Wind Energy in Poland.
About GRI Renewable Industries
Since 2008, GRI Renewable Industries ( www.gri.com.es ) has been developing its core business of manufacturing wind towers and flanges in the wind energy sector. It currently has 18 manufacturing plants in Spain, USA, Brazil, Argentina, China, Turkey, India and South Africa supplying high quality wind towers and flanges to the wind energy industry worldwide. The company closed 2022 with sales in excess of €1 billion and more than 5000 employees.