PGE and Ørsted have announced a tender for the general contractor for the onshore connection for the Baltica OWF

PGE and Ørsted have launched a tender procedure for the construction of onshore infrastructure necessary to evacuate power from both stages of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, i.e. Baltica 2 and Baltica 3. The tender results are planned to be announced by the end of this year.

Preparation for the construction of the land part of the infrastructure and its implementation itself is a several-year process taking place in parallel with the preparatory work at sea. The year 2022 will be very intensive for us in terms of procurement procedures relating to evacuating power, while first construction works on land are planned for Q4 of 2023 – said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

We operate in accordance with the set schedule, conducting several processes in parallel, both from the side of tender proceedings like the one for the construction of the land part of the infrastructure, as well as from the side of obtaining permits and securing the financial side of the project. The build-out of land infrastructure will be another important milestone on the way to the common goal to provide clean and affordable energy from the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm to Polish homes and businesses, as planned in 2026 – added Søren Westergaard Jensen, project director of Baltica OWF on behalf of Ørsted Polska and acting managing director of the offshore in Ørsted Polska.

The proceedings have been announced and will be conducted by PGE Baltica and the contract with the general contractor selected in the tender will be signed jointly by PGE Baltica and Ørsted which form a joint venture developing the Baltica OWF.  

The onshore connection infrastructure for the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm will be built in the vicinity of Osieki Lęborskie, in the Choczewo commune, in the Wejherowo district in Pomerania. Two adjacent land stations will be built there – one for the Baltica 3 power plant, the other for the Baltica 2 power plant – together with export cable lines in the onshore area. The task of the general contractor selected in the tender will be to implement the contract in the “design and build” mode.

The task consists not only of the construction of transformer stations and export cable lines in the land area but also access and internal roads, water and sewage network for the station, its lighting and fencing.  According to the tender schedule, its results are planned to be announced by the end of 2022. The first construction works related to the onshore station are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2023.

According to the schedule of the first stage of the project, i.e. Baltica 3 with a capacity of up to 1045.5 MW, the introduction of the first energy into the grid is planned for 2026. The next stage, i.e. Baltica 2 with a capacity of up to 1498 MW, is to start production by 2027. These investments will contribute to accelerating the Polish energy transformation.

Both stages of the IMF Baltica have location decisions (PSzW), environmental decisions for the maritime part, transmission network connection agreements with the operator, and have also received the right to a contract for difference (CfD). In 2022, the project expects to receive an environmental decision for the onshore transmission part, and will also start work on obtaining building permits. This is the last permit required before the final investment decision is made.

 

source: PGE Baltica

 

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