PGE Group and Ørsted have signed another agreement for supply of foundations for Baltica 2 – one of two stages of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. This is the last contract relating to key components for the offshore part of Baltica 2, closing so-called Tier 1 level of the investment.
“We have already secured all key components for the offshore part of Baltica 2. The finalised tenders and signed agreements clearly show how advanced the project preparations are,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. “This investment of 1.5 GW capacity is the biggest energy project to date based on renewables, and we are talking about the first stage only. The entire Baltica Offshore Wind Farm of 2.5 GW capacity will be ready by the end of this decade. We are also witnessing the rising interest of Polish companies that want to contribute to this project, which was also proven by high turnout at the Suppliers Day organized in October by PGE and Ørsted,” added CEO of the PGE Group.
“The bidding process for all key components for Baltica 2 took place in 2022 and early 2023, a time of unprecedented macroeconomic challenges due to the war in Ukraine, supply chain problems, high inflation, and rising interest rates. Despite these challenges, we were able to finalize all Tier 1 contracts in the offshore scope. This is a major success that would not have been possible without the cooperation of our business partners. We are also very pleased that already contracted suppliers are declaring their willingness to cooperate with Polish sub-suppliers, which clearly resonated during the Suppliers’ Day organized jointly with PGE in early October. This is an important impulse to create new industries in our country,” said Agata Staniewska, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
Successful bidder Steelwind Nordenham specializes in manufacturing of monopiles – a type of foundations to be used in Baltica 2 which will consist of 107 turbines and four offshore substations. Steelwind will deliver 34 monopile foundations. The production will start in the second half of 2025. Earlier PGE and Ørsted had signed a contract for 77 monopiles for turbines and offshore substations with Navantia and Windar strategic alliance. Production of monopiles for Baltica 2, by Navantia and Windar, will begin in 2024. Independently of the supply contract for Baltica 2 Windar plans to build a facility that will be manufacturing towers in Szczecin, in northwestern Poland, which is expected to be ready in 2026. It is a real example proving high impact of future offshore wind farm developments on the Polish economy creating thousands of jobs and giving new development opportunities to numerous branches of Poland’s industry in decades to come.
Ørsted and PGE plan to deliver Baltica 2 of 1.5 GW capacity by the end of 2027 and Baltica 3 of 1 GW capacity by 2029. The project is subject to final investment decision. Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 will create the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm of 2,5 GW total capacity. It will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition, delivering clean energy for nearly four million households in Poland.
Source: PGE Baltica