Representatives of companies from all over Poland and abroad interested in joining the Baltica 2 project took part in a meeting organized for them at PGE Narodowy. Suppliers Day was an opportunity to meet individually with suppliers of components and services already contracted by PGE and Ørsted.
– Interest showed in the event exceeded our expectations. This shows how much potential there is in Polish companies and their ability to join in the realization of this strategic offshore wind energy project for the Polish energy sector – saidWojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. – We want as many Polish companies as possible to take advantage of the opportunity to cooperate in the construction and operation of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. In connection with PGE’s plans to develop more areas in the Baltic, long-term prospects for joint operations are opening up for Polish contractors. Development of the offshore wind farm sector in Poland is an opportunity to build new branches of economy – adds PGE’s President of the Management Board.
– Through the organization of the Suppliers Day, we created a unique platform for the exchange of information and contacts, thanks to which Polish entities were given a real opportunity to join the supply chain for the Baltica 2 project. We are happy to be a part of Poland’s energy transition, but also to provide a boost to the national economy, creating thousands of well-paying jobs in the coming decades – said Agata Staniewska, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
About 450 people attended the event, including pre-registered company representatives, employees of invited suppliers, as well as PGE Group and Ørsted, who also took part in discussions with interested entrepreneurs. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the current stage of implementation of the Baltica 2 project, the status of contracting of key components and services, as well as hear about tenders planned for award in the near future.
At the meeting, representatives of suppliers already contracted for the Baltica 2 project presented themselves, who not only introduced the audience to the scopes of their activities, but talked about the role they will play during the construction of the offshore wind farm. Each of the speeches was addressed to potential partners and cooperators from Poland, who can join as sub-suppliers and subcontractors in the implementation of the project. Siemens Gamesa will supply 107 turbinesfor the Baltica 2 project. The Navantia – Windar consortium will build monopile foundations for turbines and marine transformer stations. The marine stations will be designed, built and delivered by the SEMCO/PTSC consortium, and Boskalis will lay and connect the submarine cables.
Representatives of the suppliers stressed that they are looking for cooperators from the Polish market for various areas of their business in carrying out tasks for Baltica 2. In turn, representatives of PGE and Ørsted talked together about possible areas of cooperation during the multi-year operation phase of the offshore wind farm.
In the one-on-one portion of the meetings, organizers allowed participants to attend about 70 networking sessions. During these business discussions, both parties – contracted suppliers and entrepreneurs wishing to cooperate with them – were able to discuss areas of potential cooperation, mutual opportunities and expectations, but also requirements, e.g. in terms of security standards.
Supplier Day at PGE Narodowy was the fifth such event organized by PGE and Ørsted. Organized in various formulas, they have already attracted a total of more than a thousand people – representatives of companies wishing to build offshore wind farms in Poland together with developers.
Baltica 2 is one of two phases of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, which PGE Group and Ørsted are jointly preparing to build. The Baltica 2 stage, with an installed capacity of 1.5 GW, is scheduled for delivery in 2027. Electricity production from the second phase – the 1 GW Baltica 3 – will begin by 2029. The total capacity of 2.5 GW will produce energy capable of powering approx. 4 million homes.