The PLN 50 million investment of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre of Gdynia Maritime University is scheduled to be ready in a year's time.
The construction of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre, an investment of Gdynia Maritime University in Gdañsk at Robert de Plelo Street, is progressing according to plan. Over the last four months (from December 2021 to March 2022), the contractor carried out work primarily related to the foundations of the facility, i.e. its reinforcement, concreting and laying insulation.
The backfilling between foundations was
done together with compaction and works related to the construction
of reinforced concrete walls were started. Sanitary, rain and
underfloor installation has been laid. Ceilings over the first floor
of the building were delivered and installed, and the collision with
the telecommunications network was removed.
Works connected with laying the
external sanitary network were started and reinforced concrete works
of walls in the part of the first floor and the 1st floor of the
building for the 1st stage were continued.
- I would like the emerging Offshore
Wind Energy Centre to become a real research and education center for
the offshore industry. It will be the new seat of the Maritime
Institute which participates in 8 out of 10 environmental studies for
the purposes of location projects of future wind farms - emphasised
Prof. Adam Weintrit, the rector of Gdynia Maritime University during
the signing of the agreement on the establishment of new offshore
studies, whose main partner is PGE Baltica,
What will the Centre be in practice?
The construction consists of two two-storey buildings connected by a
link at the level of the second floor.
- It will house other university units
related to the development of the offshore industry - emphasized
And as he added, the construction is
already at the stage of the second floor and before the summer
holiday the topping out ceremony is planned, with the opening
scheduled for next year.
The UMG Offshore Centre will make it
possible to conduct comprehensive, specialised research and
development work for the needs of the innovative maritime industry.
Currently, apart from Gdynia Maritime University, few research and
development units in Poland carry out such works.
Certified laboratories and more
- The Offshore Wind Energy Centre under
construction will be the seat of certified laboratories, whose
operation is a part of the process of preparing and implementing
investments in offshore wind energy - explains the professor.
In his speech on the occasion of the School Day 2021, the Rector emphasized the role of the university in supporting the offshore wind energy sector.
- We want to participate in creating a local Polish supply chain for the offshore industry. We are doing everything to make the Centre the nucleus of a larger organism, the "Polish Offshore Valley" - said Prof. Weintrit during the ceremonial session of the Senate of the University of Gdańsk.
The value of the investment together with the equipment is estimated at ca. PLN 50 million. The works are planned to be completed by March 2023.