RWE is developing its first offshore wind farm off the coast of Poland. The company has obtained a valid environmental decision for the construction of the connection infrastructure. The project, with a planned installed capacity of 350 megawatts, is located in the central part of the Polish Baltic Sea.
The designed connection infrastructure will enable RWE to lead the energy produced by the turbines of the offshore wind farm into the onshore transmission grid. An authorised environmental decision was issued by the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Gdansk.
– The decision is an important milestone on the way to realising RWE’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Poland, a strategic market for our company. We are closing the many months-long stage of preparations for the construction in the environmental area and we are continuing the work necessary to obtain the construction permits – said Grzegorz Chodkowski, Vice-President of Offshore Development Poland at RWE.
Route of the F.E.W. Baltic II connection infrastructure
The planned connection infrastructure will be implemented in the Polish exclusive economic zone and in Polish territorial waters. At the section of the marine cable crossing the coastal zone, drilling using trenchless technology is planned. In the next step on land, it is planned to install a marine-land coupler, which will connect the submarine cable with the land cable. The designed infrastructure will then run through the territories of the municipalities of Ustka and Słupsk to the RWE onshore substation. From there, the energy produced by the wind farm will go via an overhead transmission line to the SE Krzemienica substation planned by the national transmission grid operator, PSE. The length of the transmission corridor in the offshore part will be up to 71 kilometres and in the onshore part up to 19 kilometres. Once operational at the end of the decade, F.E.W. Baltic II will be able to produce enough green electricity to power around 350,000 Polish households.
Important milestones of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm
F.E.W. Baltic II has already reached several important milestones. In 2021. The Energy Regulatory Office granted the right to cover the negative balance subject to approval by the European Commission. Seabed surveys have been successfully completed and both geophysical surveys and preliminary geotechnical investigations have been carried out by Polish contractors. The project has received the environmental decision for the offshore wind farm area and is at an advanced stage in the process of obtaining the remaining necessary administrative decisions and permits.