PGE Baltica, a PGE Group company, has signed a contract with Geoquip Marine to conduct a preliminary seabed geotechnical campaign for the Baltica 1 offshore wind farm project.

The main objective of the planned geotechnical campaign in the area of the offshore wind power plant is to obtain preliminary information on the geological structure of the study area. The information obtained will be used, among other things, to select the optimal foundation method for wind turbine towers, and will allow planning the next stages of research, including geotechnical testing for foundations.

The freshly signed contract for the geotechnical campaign is another important step on the way to realizing this investment. Based on data on the structure of the seabed obtained during the survey, we will create a feasibility study and pre-design the layout of the turbines and offshore substation,” said Arkadiusz Sekściński, CEO of PGE Baltica.

The contract includes the execution of, among other things. CPTU soundings, soil sampling in the farm area, and laboratory tests. CPTU sounding is a test that involves pressing a piezoelectric cone into the ground with a sensor system that continuously records soil parameters. Readings from the device will be subject to interpretation to determine the geology of the area. In addition, we plan to perform laboratory tests on the samples taken. The study will begin in the second quarter of this year.

We are very pleased to and continue our long-standing cooperation with Poland’s largest domestic producer of renewable electricity. Our team of experts is fully committed to safely providing the precise geotechnical information needed for this project,” said Richard Turner, CEO of Geoquip Marine.

The Baltica 1 offshore wind farm project, with a capacity of approx. 0.9 GW, is one of three projects currently under construction by the PGE Group in the Baltic Sea, located approx. 80 km from the shoreline, roughly at the height of Leba in Pomeranian Voivodeship. The project already has, among others, a location permit and connection agreement, with the first full year of wind, sea current and wave surveys behind it. The Baltica 1 offshore wind farm project will be operational after 2030.

Two more projects, Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, which will form the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a total capacity of 2.5 GW, are being implemented with Ørsted. Completion of the Baltica 2 stage with a capacity of approx. 1.5 GW is planned by the end of 2027, while the Baltica 3 stage with a capacity of approx. 1 GW by 2030.

Source: PGE