OW Offshore has estimated the Polish share in the construction of the BC-Wind offshore wind farm on the Baltic Sea at 20-25 percent. It is the last of the entities that received 25-year differential contracts from the ERO President as part of the support for offshore wind energy.
OW Offshore – a company of EDPR and Engie – plans to build a farm with an installed capacity of 369 MW.
Under the law, all applicants for differential contracts in Phase I of offshore support had to submit their material and service supply chain plans to the regulator.
OW Offshore wrote in its plan that in the baseline option, the share of domestic contribution to capital expenditure under the planned contract packages is expected to be between 20 and 25 percent.
The company noted that the development variant assumes that the project will utilize the vast majority of current and planned to be developed Polish supply chain capabilities. In its assessment, the development potential is significant.
By category the investor assessed that in Poland the highest potential exists in the areas of steel structures, internal cabling, although investments are required here as Polish production is limited to components, and land cables. The potential in the following areas was also assessed high: foundations, transition elements, anti-corrosion components, project preparation and management, and service.
The potential in electrical equipment, the possibility of using Polish components for the turbine and rotor was assessed as medium.
The domestic potential in the areas of transmission and installation cables was assessed as low.
The penultimate application for support approved by the ERO President was that of the Baltic Power project – a partnership of PKN Orlen and Northland Power. The investors did not give an estimate of the national contribution, arguing that more precise indicators will be included in the next version of the plan, which – according to the law – they must submit within a year and a half.
Other investors’ chain plans were released in May.
In the plan for Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III farms with the capacity of 720 MW each, Polenergia and Equinor estimate the share of domestic suppliers and sub-suppliers in the entire supply chain at 23-38%. In the construction phase, the domestic contribution may reach 9-20%, and in the exploitation phase – 60-80%.
In the case of the Baltica 2 and 3 projects of PGE and Orsteda, with a total capacity of 2.5 GW, no estimation of the participation of domestic entities was given, indicating only that it is to be “significant” and the domestic contribution to the investment – “substantial”.
In the plan for the BTI project – Baltic II – with a capacity of 350 MW, the investor – RWE – did not disclose the planned participation of Polish entities, hiding behind company secrecy.