Industrial Development Agency JSC, GRI Renewable Industries S.L., and Baltic Towers Sp. z o.o. jointly celebrate the laying of the foundation stone for an offshore tower factory in Gdansk

Date of posting: 2024-06-05

The foundation stone laying ceremony took place today at the Gdansk Shipyard, where the investment is being developed. This important event symbolises the dynamic progress of the project to support the development of offshore wind energy (OWE) in Poland and Europe. The new offshore tower factory located in Gdansk, with direct access to the quay, is a key investment for the Polish renewable energy sector. The factory will have the capacity to manufacture more than 150 towers per year.

The construction of the offshore tower factory is being carried out by the Baltic Towers company, which was established as a result of cooperation between the Industrial Development Agency JSC and the Spanish company GRI Renewable Industries, S.L. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2025.

The foundation stone laying ceremony brought together a number of guests, including representatives of the wind energy sector and local and national authorities.

The foundation act was signed by the President of the Board of Directors of IDA JSC Michał Dąbrowski, Vice President of IDS JSC Jakub Dulski, Owner of GRI Renewable Industries Jon Riberas, CEO of GRI Renewable Industries Antonio Barbosa, special guest - representative of the Royal Spanish Embassy in Poland Maria del Rocio Hualde Chico, representatives of the Board of Directors of Baltic Towers Jakub Wnuczyński, Bruno Orlando Lima Antunes, Marcin Jackowicz, Secretary of State and Minister for Maritime Economy Arkadiusz Marchewka, Pomeranian Voivode Beata Rutkiewicz, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk, Deputy Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Leszek Bonna and Mayor of Gdansk Piotr Grzelak.

- ‘Trójmiasto is a place where history has always been happening and is happening again today. Thanks to this innovative project, we are entering the first league of global business. We are starting a new chapter that will consolidate the position of Tri-City and Gdansk Shipyard on the European and global market,’ said in his speech the President of IDA JSC Michał Dąbrowski - 'As I mentioned at the European Industry Congress in Katowice, the one who does not understand that the world today is global, is doomed to failure, and the one who understands this is doomed to success. This success starts today and is called Gdansk’.

The Company's core business is oriented around the production of wind towers for the OWE industry. In view of the plans to build the first Polish wind farms in the Baltic Sea, the global targets for OWE development in Europe and the United States, and thus the growing demand for new generation offshore tower structures, this investment responds to the needs of a dynamically developing market.

- ‘The offshore industry is at a difficult moment, but this moment is also the beginning of a new dynamic. We have five minutes to make the most of it.’ - emphasised today speaking to the audience the Vice President of IDA JSC Jakub Dulski - ‘Many thanks to the people who have contributed to the fact that Ostrów Island is beginning to live again. The history of this place, its fate, over the last 30 years was not obvious, it took a fight to make the success we are witnessing happen. I would like to thank the representatives of the government in the province and the representatives of the local government and the city of Gdansk for their support.’

The activity of Baltic Towers is strategic for the development of offshore wind energy - a key sector of the economy from the perspective of national and regional authorities due to the need to build new energy generation sources, in particular renewable sources supporting the energy transformation of the industry, increasing the competitiveness of the Polish and European economies.

It is also important in the context of enhancing Poland's role in the offshore wind energy market and increasing the region's attractiveness for potential investors.

As Jon Riberas, Executive Chairman of GRI Renewable Industries, emphasised today at the foundation stone laying ceremony: ‘GRI, together with its partner IDA JSC, is committed to building one of the most extraordinary wind tower facilities in the world.
This joint venture in Poland will be one of the world leaders in the production of wind towers for the offshore market, contributing to the ambitious targets set by Poland and Europe to halt climate change.'

The new Baltic Towers offshore wind tower factory will become a modern and innovative production centre, occupying a key position in the construction of Poland's offshore wind supply chain, which will significantly contribute to the further development of our region's offshore potential.

The entire production process will consist of many activities performed in the factory, i.e. cutting, welding and bevelling of large-format metal sheets, coiling and welding, maintenance, painting and assembling of individual components into a finished product, as well as assembly of complex equipment inside the wind tower, will meet the highest technical, quality and environmental standards set by key clients of the OWE market.
Innovative solutions applied already at the design stage will make the factory friendly to both employees and the environment, creating more than 500 highly specialised jobs.
The effects of this investment will be visible at the local level, supporting the development of the local supply chain for the plant under construction and contributing to the creation of new developments for the community of Gdansk and the surrounding area.

The laying of the foundation stone is proof that the construction of the offshore tower factory is gaining momentum and moving forward on schedule.

This is another step towards achieving the ambitious goals of offshore wind energy development in Poland and Europe.

On the occasion of the ceremony, the Management Board of the Industrial Development Agency JSC handed over 14 plaques of appreciation for services to the construction of the Trójmiasto economy and to the Gdansk Shipyard. Those honoured were:

  • President Lech Wałęsa
  • Prime Minister Donald Tusk
  • Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek
  • Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk
  • President of Gdansk Paweł Adamowicz
  • President of Gdansk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz
  • Mr Jon Riberas
  • Minister Teresa Kaminska
  • Mr Roman Gałęzewski
  • Mr Karol Guzikiewicz
  • Mr Józef Bela
  • Mr Andrzej Bojanowski
  • Mr. Alan Aleksandrowicz
  • Ms Aleksandra Magaczewska
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