RWE and Siemens Gamesa have joined forces to accelerate the development of the Polish offshore wind energy sector. RWE chose Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for the FEW Baltic II project. The 350 MW offshore wind farm is to use 25 flagship SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbines from Siemens Gamesa. The cooperation also includes a service contract. Depending on the final investment decision, construction works could start as early as 2024. Once commissioned, FEW Baltic II will contribute to Poland’s energy transformation by producing enough green electricity to meet the needs of approximately 350,000 Polish households.
Sven Utermöhlen, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables: ”The selection of Siemens Games as the preferred supplier is another milestone on the way to the implementation of our first Polish offshore wind farm. Thanks to the FEW Baltic II project, we will accelerate the development of the local supply chain and significantly contribute to the training of future staff. Offshore wind energy is gaining momentum in Poland, and we want to be one of its main drivers through the development, construction and operation of new wind farms off the Polish coast.”
The agreement with RWE on the FEW Baltic II offshore wind farm will contribute to the continuation of Siemens Gamesa’s cooperation with the Polish supply chain in the wind energy sector, whose average annual volume of purchases of goods and services in Poland amounts to over EUR 250 million.
“Offshore wind energy is quickly becoming Poland’s great asset, and we will do our best to be one of the key players in making it happen. We are honored to be selected by RWE as the preferred supplier for FEW Baltic II, one of the first offshore investments in this country. The combination of our SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine technology with RWE’s business approach to Poland is a perfect solution. We are also impressed by the efforts of our partners from academia to develop future staff for the offshore industry in Poland. We are convinced that this development program will follow the path set by the Polish supply chain, in which qualified companies are already implementing many projects, and more are yet to come,” said Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.
To support the implementation of the FEW Baltic II project by RWE and other future offshore projects, over 150 experts will work in the new Siemens Gamesa Baltic Sea Offshore Execution centre. Specialists employed in this unit will deal with such areas as: pre-assembly activities, project management, construction management, and launching offshore wind farms in Poland and many other countries. Gdańsk will be the main office location and the first recruitments have already started. Together with the 20-person Siemens Gamesa Offshore Sales team operating in Poland, it will be the largest operation of this type in the offshore wind energy industry in our country.
For the operation and maintenance of the FEW Baltic II project, RWE has chosen the port in Ustka. Thanks to the planned service station on the Polish coast, the company intends to contribute to the development of the local economy and society, creating up to 50 new jobs in the long term. The service station is expected to be ready by 2025. RWE plans to operate the wind farm from this port for at least 25 years.
RWE and Siemens Gamesa have also signed a cooperation agreement with the Maritime University of Szczecin. The agreement focuses on defining joint activities to support student education. It also includes exploring opportunities for collaboration on certain research projects.
“Signing an agreement with companies that are the world’s leaders in the wind energy industry is, on the one hand, a great honour for us, and on the other, it creates the possibility of mutual development and benefits. I am convinced that by collaborating didactically we will create one of the best practical training programs in the world, under which RWE and Siemens Gamesa employees will share their knowledge and experience in the field of modern technologies. I hope that the development of cooperation will also result in the transfer of knowledge of our scientists towards RWE and Siemens Games. Already today, many of them have expertise related to both the protection, direct operation and operation of marine technologies, as well as the problems that occur there. We expect that joint ventures will expand the possibility of making or using research equipment produced at the Maritime University and verifying scientific concepts in the field, on a wind farm. It is important from the perspective of training staff with the highest competencies, which are important in every corner of the world,” said Artur Bejger, Vice-Rector for Science at the Maritime University of Szczecin.
Image source: Courtesy of RWE
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