At the start of construction of the Baltic Power offshore wind farm, Orlen will use the port of Ronne on Bornholm as an installation terminal, the company’s CEO Ireneusz Fąfara told reporters on Tuesday. The reason is the delay in the construction of the Swinoujscie terminal.

“After analysis, we concluded that the Baltic Power farm will be implemented from the reserve port in Ronne on Bornholm, because the construction of the installation port in Swinoujscie began with a six-month delay and there was a risk that it would not be ready, and the supplier of the elements confirmed the delivery date for the end of the current year.” – Fąfara said

He explained that it was therefore decided that the first elements of the farm would be delivered from the contractually stipulated reserve port in Bornholm.

This step ensures that the project remains on schedule, using the existing infrastructure in Ronne to begin the installation process without further delays. The Baltic Power offshore wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution to the renewable energy landscape, making a significant contribution to the region’s energy mix.

The use of the Ronne port underscores the project’s flexibility and management’s strategic foresight in mitigating potential risks associated with infrastructure delays. This change reflects a commitment to maintaining the project schedule and delivering on its promise to provide sustainable energy solutions.

The Baltic Power farm, with a capacity of nearly 1.2 GW, will be located 23 km from the Baltic coast. In 2024, preparations will begin for the construction of the foundations on which the turbines, more than 230 meters high, will stand. In 2025, 76 Vestas wind turbines, each with a capacity of 15 MW, will be installed at the farm. Work is already underway on an onshore substation that will receive energy from the sea. Baltic Power has agreements with major suppliers to secure the entire supply chain. The contractors include some of the most experienced suppliers in the offshore wind sector, including companies from Poland.

The total budget for the Baltic Power project is estimated at around €4.73 billion. The project is financed under the Project Finance formula, and loan agreements for a total of about EUR 4.4 billion have been concluded with 25 Polish and international financial institutions. This is the largest financing raised for a single investment in Poland’s history and one of the largest offshore wind deals of its kind in Europe.

Offshore wind energy is one of the main directions of development of ORLEN Group’s modern energy sector. According to the company’s strategy, the Group will reach 9 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by the end of this decade. The deployment of all offshore wind projects currently in the Group’s portfolio will provide the Group with approximately 6.4 GW of new carbon-free generation capacity and contribute to the company’s 2050 carbon neutrality goal.

Source: & BalticWin.EU