PGE Group and Ørsted have contracted vessels to install 48 of the 107 wind turbines for the Baltica 2 project – one of the two phases of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm.
The installation of the wind turbines for Baltica 2 has been divided into two phases, with separate tenders selecting the contractor for each phase. The first batch of turbines, contracted by PGE and Ørsted back in April 2023, will be installed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.
“It is already the second contract for installation vessels for the Baltica 2 project. Last year we have signed agreement for services necessary for installation and connection of inter-array and export cables. Work towards starting the construction of the largest renewable energy project in Poland is progressing according to schedule. In just three years, energy from the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm will reach Polish homes,” commented Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
“We open the new year with an important contract for the installation of wind turbines. Considering the challenges facing the offshore wind industry globally, we are particularly proud that we are consistently and according to plan signing further agreements with experienced market players, which bring us closer to the implementation of Baltica 2 – a pioneering project in terms of scale of the offshore wind energy market in Poland,” said Agata Staniewska-Bolesta, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has a track record of installing turbines and repairing or replacing components offshore for many wind projects worldwide, most off the coast of the British Isles. It will assign a jack-up vessel to carry out the wind turbine installation task for Baltica 2.
Baltica 2 is one of the two phases – alongside Baltica 3 – of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. Ørsted and PGE plan to complete 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 2030. 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.