PGE and Ørsted start a wind turbine generators tender for the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm (OWF Baltica), which are the most capital-intensive part of the investment.
The tender for wind turbine generators is one of the largest carried out as part of the procurement process for OWF Baltica of a capacity up to 2.5GW conducted by the 50/50 joint venture of PGE Baltica form the PGE Group and Ørsted in the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea. Potential suppliers who have met the formal requirements and have submitted a declaration of willingness to participate in the tender as part of the prequalification process will be invited to submit tenders.
“We are entering an intensive period of initiating procurement processes for the largest offshore wind farm in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. Purchasing proceedings will be launched in 2021 and 2022. The scale of the project is evidenced by the numbers. On the territory of the OWF Baltica (320 km2), which will be larger than the area of Gdansk, around 200 turbines”, says Søren Westergaard Jensen, Project Development Director of OWF Baltica on behalf of Ørsted.
“The commencement of the tender for wind turbine generators is another very important step in the schedule of the investment. Together with Ørsted, we are preparing for tenders for further project components. Parallel to the purchasing process, design works are carried out regarding subsequent elements of the investment and we are also conducting an active dialogue with key entities, such as m.in potential service and installation ports. Our goal is to complete the investment on time, so that the first electricity from the Offshore Wind Farm Baltica jointly developed by PGE and Ørsted will flow to Polish homes in 2026”, adds Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
According to the schedule, the launch of the first stage of the project at the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, i.e., Baltica 3 with a capacity of ca. 1045 MW is planned for 2026. The next stage, i.e., Baltica 2 with a capacity of ca. 1500 MW, is to be completed by 2027. Investments will contribute to accelerating the Polish energy transformation. Both stages of the project have location decisions – (PL PSZW), environmental decisions, connection agreements to the transmission network with the operator, and have also received the right to a contract for difference, i.e. support for investors implementing offshore wind farms in the Polish offshore exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea.
After the preparation and construction stage, PGE and Ørsted will operate the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm for 30 years providing clean energy to millions of Polish households, companies and institutions.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna is the largest power company and supplier of electricity and heat in Poland. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel and power generation resources and the ownership of distribution networks, PGE guarantees a safe and stable supply of electricity and heat to over 5 million customers. PGE is a leader in changes in the Polish energy sector. In its PGE Group strategy, the Company presented the Group’s transformation plan and the path to decarbonisation of generation and announced the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. PGE Group’s investment plan includes the largest investments in offshore wind farms in the country. PGE Group’s Offshore Programme assumes the construction of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm by 2030, implemented in two stages – Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, with a total installed capacity of up to 2.5 GW. Then, after 2030, the Baltica 1 Wind Power Plant will join the Group’s portfolio. In line with the PGE Group’s strategy until 2030 with an outlook until 2050, the PGE Group will have approx. 6.5 GW of capacity in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea by 2040.
Ørsted’s vision is a world based solely on renewable energy sources. The Danish-based company is now present on several markets, starting with the United States of America, through European countries and ending with Asia. Poland is one of the key markets for Ørsted, where the company has been operating for 10 years, currently employing about 250 people (over 6.6 thousand worldwide). The implementation of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a total capacity of up to 2.5GW in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea is in line with Ørsted’s recently updated ambition to reach 30 GW in offshore wind energy by 2030. Ørsted, which has 30 years of experience in the implementation and development of offshore wind farms, currently has about 12 GW of installed capacity in this technology worldwide.