Polenergia and Equinor have selected Hitachi Energy to deliver electrical systems infrastructure for the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III offshore wind projects in Poland.
MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III projects are two of the largest and most advanced offshore wind farms being built in Poland. The projects will be located in the southwestern part of the Baltic Sea, within the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone, about 27 and 40 km from the port of Leba, where the investment’s operations and maintenance base will be located.
The wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 1440 MW, enough to power more than 2 million Polish homes. Under the awarded contract, Hitachi Energy will be responsible for the Electrical System Design for the whole wind farm, from the wind turbines to the point of connection to the grid at the Słupsk-Wierzbięcino substation.
– We are ordering the ‘heart’ of the system to transmit and transform energy from offshore wind farms. This is one of the most important contracts of our Bałtyk projects. We are entering into a partnership with one of the world’s leading energy companies, whose HVAC technology is crucial to transmit energy from sea to land efficiently. We are building a strong global team around the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III that will enhance their competitiveness and support a sustainable energy future for all of us. We look forward to joint initiatives to support the achievement of our ambitious local content goals – says Michał Michalski, Ph.D., president of the Management Board of Polenergia.
Each contract also includes system analyses and considers integrating all equipment from cooperating contractors. This will allow the design of complete wind farms with a safe, cost-optimal and stable transmission system that complies with the requirements of the Transmission Network Operation and Maintenance Manual. In addition, Hitachi Energy will be responsible for delivering the overall power control system, overall telecom network, and all high voltage equipment at the offshore substation and the onshore substation, as well as turnkey delivery of the whole onshore substation. The contracts also include installation and connection work.
– This is another key milestone for these offshore wind projects, which will supply domestically produced renewable energy to the Polish power grid. We look forward to working with Hitachi Energy in Poland and their local subcontractors on bringing this competitive renewable energy source to Poland – adds Michał Kołodziejczyk country manager of Equinor in Poland.
Hitachi Energy has been present in Poland for 97 years and has approximately 2.500 employees in Poland, with offices, technology, research and engineering centres in Warsaw, Krakow, Wrocław, Lublin, Katowice, Poznań and Gdańsk, as well as factories in Łódź and Przasnysz. The contract targets 25-35 per cent of the value to be invested locally. This is based on the total contract value, including equipment procurement from 3rd parties.
– Earlier this year, Equinor signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Hitachi Energy to work more closely on future projects. This contract is the first since then, and we are very pleased to move into the execution of our collaboration. We look forward to developing a local supply chain for electrical infrastructure to offshore wind farms along with Hitachi Energy in Poland – emphasizes Mette H. Ottøy, chief procurement officer in Equinor.
The combined capacity of both projects (1440 MW) represents a substantial part of the first phase of the Polish offshore wind industry development scheme, with a total capacity of 5900 MW. MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III were awarded Contracts for Differences (CFDs) in May 2021 by Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). The final investment decision for both projects is subject to obtaining the necessary permits and is planned for 2024, with the first power delivered to the grid in 2027.