PGE and Ørsted selected General Contractor to build onshore connection for Baltica 2
“This year we are starting the construction of an onshore transformer station and onshore export lines for Baltica 2, which constitute the connection infrastructure necessary to deliver 1.5 GW of power from our first offshore wind farm. It is with the onshore connection that the construction of an offshore power plant begins. The finalization of this contract was possible thanks to specialists from PGE Baltica, a subsidiary developing PGE Group’s offshore program”, commented Wojciech Dąbrowski, president of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. “Baltica 2 Offshore Wind Farm will deliver electricity needed by the Pomerania region, which for most part is currently supplied from the south of Poland. The additional source will increase energy security not only of the region, but of the entire country. The first electricity from Baltica 2 will be fed to the Polish Power System in 2027,” he added.
“Last year we managed to sign all contracts for the supply of offshore components, as well as some installation contracts - the preparation of which Ørsted was responsible for. With the signing of the contract for building onshore infrastructure necessary for exporting power from Baltica 2 project, we are moving a big step closer to the realization of this pioneering project for offshore wind energy in Poland,” said Agata Staniewska-Bolesta, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
“We are immensely proud to have been chosen for this critical project for Poland’s energy transition and security. Together with our consortium partner Polimex Mostostal, we are ready to bring our expertise and cutting-edge technology to Baltica 2 to ensure the efficient integration of its energy into the Polish Power System,” said Johan Bindele, Head of Grid Systems Integration at GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business.
The onshore connection infrastructure for Baltica 2 will be built in the Pomerania region of Poland, in vicinity of Osieki Lęborskie, in the Choczewo commune, in the Wejherowo district. General Contractor will implement the contract in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction mode. The task comprises developing of the 275/400 kV high-voltage transformer substation and onshore export cable lines necessary for transmit the power to the Polish Power System. The first construction works are planned to start in 2024, while testing and putting the connection infrastructure online is scheduled for 2026 and 2027.
Baltica 2 is one of two stages of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm – next to Baltica 3. PGE and Ørsted plan to deliver Baltica 2 of 1.5 GW capacity by the end of 2027 and Baltica 3 of 1 GW capacity by 2030. 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.
Learn more about the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm by visiting baltica.energy.
About the PGE Group
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna is the largest electric power company and supplier of electricity and heat in Poland. By combining its fuel and power generation resources and having distribution networks, PGE guarantees safe and stable supply of electricity and heat to over 5.6 million customers. The PGE Group’s generating units produce over 40 percent of electricity in Poland. With 7 percent of installed wind farm capacity in Poland the PGE Group is the country’s largest renewable electricity company. The plan for the coming years is to continue developing renewable energy sources – especially based on wind and sun energy, as well as investments in energy storage, construction of a nuclear power plant, upgrade of energy distribution grid and decarbonizing heat generation segment. The PGE Group’s investment plan covers the country’s largest investment in offshore wind power plants. The PGE Group’s Offshore Program is development of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, which runs in two stages – Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, with a total installed capacity of up to 2.5 GW by 2030. Then, after 2030, Baltica 1 project will join the Group’s portfolio. Thanks to new seabed areas acquired in the Baltic Sea the PGE Group will be able to develop further offshore wind projects by 2040. Including currently developed projects it will allow for achieving over 7 GW total capacity installed in the offshore wind. This makes PGE Group the biggest investor in Poland’s offshore wind in terms of capacities planned for development.
The Ørsted vision is a renewable-only world. The Danish-born company is today in more than a dozen markets, from the United States of America to the European countries to Asia. Poland is one of the key markets for Ørsted, which has been operating for over 10 years now with over 700 employees (approx. 8,000 worldwide). The Baltica Sea Wind Farm with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea is part of the recently updated Ørsted ambition to reach 30 GW in offshore wind energy by 2030. Ørsted, which has 30 years of experience in the realization and development of offshore wind farms, currently has approx. 12 GW of power installed in this technology worldwide. In addition to offshore wind farms, the company develops, builds, and operates onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage and bioelectric plants, and supplies energy products to its customers. We are on the CDP Climate Change List and as a global leader in climate action. In 2022, the group's revenue was DKK 132.3 billion (EUR 17.8 billion).
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