PGE and Ørsted signed a contract for installing wind turbine generators for Baltica 2
Installation of wind turbines for Baltica 2 has been divided into two stages, and a contractor for each stage is selected in separate tender procedure. The first batch of turbines that PGE and Ørsted contracted in April 2023 will be installed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.
“It is already the second contract for installation vessels for the Baltica 2 project. Last year we have signed agreement for services necessary for installation and connection of inter-array and export cables. Work towards starting the construction of the largest renewable energy project in Poland is progressing according to schedule. In just three years, energy from the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm will reach Polish homes,” commented Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
“We open the new year with an important contract for the installation of wind turbines. Considering the challenges facing the offshore wind industry globally, we are particularly proud that we are consistently and according to plan signing further agreements with experienced market players, which bring us closer to the implementation of Baltica 2 - a pioneering project in terms of scale of the offshore wind energy market in Poland,” said Agata Staniewska-Bolesta, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
Fred. Olsen WindCarrier has performed turbine installations and offshore repair or replacement services for many wind projects around the world, most of them off the coast of the British Isles. The task related to the installation of wind turbines for Baltica 2 will be carried out by a jack-up vessel.
Baltica 2 is one of two stages of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm – next to Baltica 3. 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 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.
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).