PGE Group and Ørsted have signed contracts to lay and connect internal cables and export cables for Baltica 2, one of two phases of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. Earlier, they awarded tenders for the supply of offshore export cables that will be used to bring power from offshore wind farms to land.

– We are consistently implementing the next stages of the largest RES project in Poland’s history. We have contracted the most important components for the Baltica 2 stage, including the delivery of 107 turbines, as well as foundations and marine transformer stations. We have now moved on to the next phase related to contracting the installation services of the various components. The first result is the signing of a contract to install cables for the 1.5 GW Baltica 2 projectsaid Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.Already in 2027, this investment will ensure a secure supply of green energy for 2.4 million households, while reducing CO2 emissions by nearly 5 million tons per year, adds Wojciech Dąbrowski.

The company Boskalis, which was awarded the contract to lay and connect the cables, is a world leader in the performing of hydrotechnical and dredging work. Most of their offshore wind projects to date was carried out in the North Sea, but their vessels have also participated in the construction of the Swinoujscie LNG terminal. It will assign several vessels from its fleet to the task of laying cables for Baltica 2 – including a cable laying vessel CLV and a construction support vessel CSV. The contractor will not only be tasked with laying and burying approx. 300 km of export cables and approx. 170 km of internal cables, but also the early removal of boulders to prepare the seabed for the installation of cable lines.

Earlier, PGE and Ørsted signed contracts for the supply of marine export cables, which will be provided by ZTT Submarine Cable & System and Hellenic Cables. Offshore export cables are used to bring power from offshore wind farms to land. The contracts cover a total of approx. 300 km of 275 kV cables. In existence since 1999, ZTT is a leader in the design and manufacture of custom marine equipment. In terms of cable supply, the company has participated in the construction of more than 20 offshore wind farm projects around the world. Hellenic Cables, on the other hand, manufactures cables, wires, as well as plastic and rubber compounds. Over the past decade, the company has become the largest cable manufacturer in Southeast Europe, exporting to more than 50 countries.

– Poland’s offshore wind development plan assumes that offshore wind farms built in the Polish economic zone in the Baltic Sea will be able to supply 18 GW of power to the national electricity system by 2040. This energy must be brought safely and reliably to land through cables. By signing more important contracts, with experienced market players, we are consistently moving forward with the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm project as planned, and thus improving Poland’s energy securitysays Agata Staniewska, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.

Source: PGE