PGE Group and Ørsted have signed a contract for another delivery of foundations for Baltica 2, one of the two phases of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. This is the last of the contracts for the supply of key elements for the offshore part of the Baltica 2 project, closing the so-called Tier 1 level in the offshore area of the investment.
– We have already contracted all key components for the offshore part of Baltica 2. The concluded tenders and signed contracts best show the advancement of the project’s preparation – said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. – This investment with an installed capacity of 1.5 GW is the largest energy project based on renewable energy sources in the history of Poland, and we are only talking about the first stage. The Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a capacity of 2.5 GW will be ready later this decade. We are also seeing increasing interest from Polish companies in cooperating on this project, which was clearly demonstrated by the turnout at the Suppliers’ Day that PGE organised together with Ørsted in October,” added the PGE president.
– The tender process for all key components for Baltica 2 took place in 2022 and early 2023, a time of unprecedented macroeconomic challenges resulting from the war in Ukraine, supply chain problems, high inflation and rising interest rates. Despite these huge challenges, we managed to finalise all contracts for key Tier 1 components in the offshore part. This is a major success that would not have been possible without the cooperation of our business partners. We are also very pleased that the already contracted suppliers declare their willingness to cooperate with Polish sub-suppliers, which clearly resonated during the Suppliers’ Day organised together with PGE at the beginning of October. This is an important impulse to create new industries in our country,” said Agata Staniewska, managing director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
Steelwind Nordenham, the company selected in the tender, specialises in the production of monopiles – the type of foundation that will be used in the construction of Baltica 2, which will consist of 107 turbines and four offshore transformer stations. Steelwind will supply 34 such foundations. The timetable calls for foundation production to start in the second half of 2025. Earlier, PGE and Ørsted signed a contract for the supply of 77 monopiles for the turbines and offshore transformer stations with the Navantia-Windar consortium. The production of monopiles for Baltica 2 by Navantia and Windar will start in 2024. Independently of the execution of the order for Baltica 2, Windar is planning to build a tower factory in Szczecin, which is expected to be ready in 2026. This is a real-life example showing how much impact offshore wind farm projects will have on the Polish economy, providing thousands of jobs in the coming decades and giving numerous branches of Polish industry new opportunities for development.
Ørsted and PGE plan to complete construction of the Baltica 2 stage with a capacity of approximately 1.5 GW by the end of 2027, and the Baltica 3 stage with a capacity of approximately 1 GW by the end of 2029. The investors are yet to make a final investment decision (FID). Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 will form the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a total capacity of 2.5 GW, which will significantly contribute to the transformation of the Polish energy sector by providing green energy to almost 4 million households in Poland.