PGE and Ørsted announce a tender for the general contractor for onshore connection of the Baltica offshore wind farm  - MarinePoland.com
PGE and Ørsted announce a tender for the general contractor for onshore connection of the Baltica offshore wind farm
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Jakub Milszewski
Date of publication: 27.03.2022

PGE and Ørsted launched a tendering procedure for the construction of onshore infrastructure necessary for power output from both wind farm phases of the Baltica offshore wind farm, i.e. Baltica 2 and Baltica 3. According to the plans, the tender should be resolved by the end of this year.
 
- Preparation for construction of the onshore part of the Baltica offshore wind farm infrastructure and its implementation is a several-year process that runs parallel to the preparatory work at sea. The year 2022 will be very intensive for us in terms of tendering procedures for power output, and the first onshore construction works are planned to commence in the fourth quarter of 2023 - said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
 
- We are proceeding according to the set schedule, conducting several parallel processes, both with respect to tendering procedures, such as the one for the construction of the onshore part of the infrastructure, and with respect to the obtaining of permits and financial closing of the project. Our common ambition is that clean and affordable energy from Baltica offshore wind farm will flow into Polish homes and businesses as planned in 2026 - adds Søren Westergaard Jensen, director of the Baltica offshore wind farm project on behalf of Ørsted Polska and managing director of the offshore area of the company.
 
The tender procedure was announced and will be carried out by PGE Baltica, which executes the Offshore Programme of the PGE Group, and the agreement with the selected general contractor will be signed jointly by PGE Baltica and Ørsted, which form a joint venture constructing the offshore wind farm Baltica.
 
The onshore connection infrastructure for the Baltica OWF will be constructed in the vicinity of the village of Osieki Lęborskie, commune of Choczewo, poviat of Wejherowo, Pomerania. Two adjacent onshore substations - one for Baltica 3 and the other for Baltica 2 - will be built with export cable lines leading to them in the onshore area. The task of the successful general contractor will be to carry out the contract in the "design and build" mode.
 
The task includes not only the construction of transformer stations and export cable lines in the land area, but also, among others, access and internal roads, water and sewage network for the needs of the station, its lighting and fencing. The tender schedule provides for its award by the end of 2022. The first construction works related to the onshore station are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2023.
 
According to the schedule for the first stage of the project, i.e. Baltica 3 with a capacity of up to 1,045.5 MW, the introduction of first energy to the grid is planned for 2026. The next stage, Baltica 2 with a capacity of up to 1,497 MW, is expected to begin production by 2027. These investments will help accelerate Poland's energy transition. Both Baltica offshore wind farm stages have obtained location decisions (PSzW), environmental decisions for the offshore part, transmission grid connection agreements with the operator and have been granted the right to a Contract for Difference (CfD). In 2022, the project partners expect to receive the environmental decision for the onshore transmission portion, and will begin work on obtaining construction permits. This is the last permit required before a final investment decision is made.
 
Detailed information about the order at Tenders Electronic Daily.


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