Nearly half a thousand people at Supplier Day organized by PGE and Ørsted
- Interest 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 project for the Polish energy sector, which is offshore wind energy- said Wojciech 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 Sea, long-term prospects for joint operations are opening up for Polish contractors. The development of the offshore wind farm sector in Poland is an opportunity for the construction of new industries, added Wojciech Dąbrowski.
About 450 people attended the event, including pre-registered company representatives, employees of invited suppliers, as well as the PGE Group and Ørsted, who also took part in talks with entrepreneurs interested in cooperation.
The guests were welcomed by PGE President of the Management Board Wojciech Dabrowski and Agata Staniewska, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the current stage of the Baltica 2 project, the status of the contracting of key components and services, as well as hear about the tenders planned for settlement in the near future.
Through the organization of the Suppliers' Day, we have created a unique platform for the exchange of information and contacts, thanks to which Polish entities have been given a real opportunity to join the supply chain for the Baltica 2 project. We are happy to be part of the energy transition in Poland, but also to provide a boost to the national economy, creating thousands of well-paid jobs in the coming decades. - Agata Staniewska, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland, said.
Representatives of suppliers already contracted for the Baltica 2 project presented on stage, 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 for the Baltica 2 project will supply 107 turbines. The Navantia Windar consortium will build the monopile foundations for the turbines and offshore substations. The offshore substations will be designed, built, and delivered by the SEMCO/PTSC consortium, and Boskalis will lay and connect the export cables.
Representatives of each of these suppliers emphasized on stage and during subsequent discussions with participants that they are looking for cooperators from the Polish market for various areas of their business in the implementation of tasks for Baltica 2. Representatives of PGE and Ørsted talked about possible areas of cooperation during the long-term operation phase of the offshore wind farm.
During the individual meetings, the organizers invited participants to take part in about 70 networking sessions. During these business talks, both sides - 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 safety standards.
The suppliers' day at PGE National was the fifth such event organized by PGE and Ørsted. Organized in various formats, they already attracted a total of more than a thousand people - representatives of companies wishing to build offshore wind farms in Poland.
Baltica 2 is one of two phases of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, whose construction is being prepared jointly by the PGE Group and Ørsted. The Baltica 2 stage, with an installed capacity of 1.5 GW, is scheduled for commissioning in 2027. Electricity production from the second stage - Baltica 3 with 1 GW of capacity - will begin by 2029. The total capacity of 2.5 GW will produce energy capable of powering around 4 million homes.
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