Baltic Power has selected the main contractor for the Orlen Group and Northland Power offshore wind farm service base. Its construction will start later this year and will end in 2025. As of 2026, the base will provide service of 76 offshore wind turbines. The amount of energy generated will correspond to electricity consumption in more than 1.5 million households. The amount of energy they generate will be equivalent to the electricity consumption of more than 1.5 million households.
“Poland faces the need for transformation of its energy generation sources, and the ORLEN Group is an active participant in this process. Access to cheap green energy is one of the basic factors for the competitiveness of the economy and the opportunity of stable growth over the coming decades. Therefore, we consistently build a strong multi-utility group able to invest in forward-looking areas of modern power sector, which will ensure security of energy supply for consumers, development of the potential of Polish companies and increase in value for PKN ORLEN shareholders,” emphasises Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN ORLEN.
The Baltic Power wind farm, built by the Consortium of PKN ORLEN and Northland Power, is to consist of 76 wind turbines, each with a height of over 200 metres. The farm will occupy an area of over 130 km², approx. 23 km north of the Baltic Sea coastline, near Łeba and Choczewo.
The service base for the Baltic Power farm, which will be built on the premises of port in Łeba, will be the centre of its daily operation and maintenance. Location is of prime importance in this case – the base must be close to the farm’s area to ensure the shortest possible response time for service teams. In this case, approx. 40 minutes will be needed to reach the Offshore Windfarm from Łeba.
Polish company ERBUD will be responsible for the base construction starting in 2023. As the main Contractor, it will perform, among others, preparation of the project site, hydraulic works related to the alteration of the quayside and construction of the complex of base buildings together with their infrastructure. Approximately 2–4 Crew Transfer Vessels, i.e. vessels intended for transporting maintenance personnel, will be permanently stationed in the base. Each of them may take up to 24 technicians with the necessary equipment on board at a time. The base operating 365 days a year, will employ up to 50 persons responsible for the maintenance and operation of the offshore wind farm.
ERBUD has 30-years-experience in implementing construction projects, among others, in the power sector and hydraulic engineering fields in Poland and Europe. For the implementation of the project, the contractor plans to employ approx. 100 employees. All suppliers and subcontractors whose services will be used by ERBUD, i.e. more than 20 companies, are entities registered in Poland. Thus, the construction of the base will contribute to developing the local value chain for the offshore wind sector.
Baltic Power has also selected the company responsible for providing the contract engineer service. The company that will supervise the entire investment process guaranteeing its timely implementation, will be Antea Poland. It is part of an international consortium specialising in comprehensive supervision projects, among others, in the power sector, infrastructure, and water management.
Baltic Power is the most advanced offshore wind farm construction project in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. In 2022, the Company secured contracts for the production, transport, and installation of all key components necessary for the implementation of the project. At the beginning of 2023, Baltic Power obtained the first required building permits for the onshore part of the project. This is the first such decision issued for offshore wind projects implemented in Poland. Obtaining the onshore permit is one of the milestones necessary for the final investment decision and commencement of the Offshore Windfarm construction in 2024.
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