Baltic Power, which is developing a joint offshore wind farm project of PKN Orlen and Northland Power, has announced a tender for an O&M contractor to support the offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea.

As the announcement reads, the contractor will be responsible for, among other things, preparing the documentation and carrying out the investment process to conduct the construction works of the O&M base. It will be a complex consisting of a social and office building, a warehouse, a reloading quay adjusted to service 3-4 CTV units, roads, and a maneuvering area.

An area of 1.10 ha will be allocated for the base. The warehouse building will have an area of approx. 800 m2. We read in the announcement that the base and wharf area will be properly paved, lighted, and drained. An existing wharf with a length of approx. 120 m will be rebuilt by constructing a new quay slab supported on an independent superstructure to relieve the pressure on the existing structure. The bottom in front of the jetty will require dredging and bottom reinforcement. The base area will be connected to the public road, equipped with all necessary utilities and wireless communications.

The contractor under the EPCI contract will prepare the documentation, obtain the necessary permits, and carry out the investment process. The construction itself will be completed by obtaining administrative decisions allowing the base to operate.

Selected criteria were established for the selection of the bidder. The firm must have relevant experience in design, procurement, management, and construction services as evidenced by references. The bidder must also demonstrate the desired capabilities of engineering and management personnel to perform the full scope of work.

The chosen contractor will need to begin work in July 2022 to complete construction of the O&M base in November 2024.

The Baltic Power offshore wind farm is the key project of ORLEN Group and Northland Power in Poland. The wind project, located about 23 km north of the coastline at Choczew and Łeba, is one of the most advanced investments planned in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea, with a capacity of 1.2 GW. According to the adopted schedule, the construction of the farm is planned to start in 2024 and its commissioning in 2026. The more than 130-square-mile site will feature an infrastructure consisting of approx. 70 wind turbines. Depending on the technology ultimately selected, each will be approx. 270 meters of total height.