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Orlen Group with main contractor for offshore wind farm service base

Baltic Power, a joint project company owned by the Polish Orlen Group and the Canadian Northland Power, has selected the main contractor for its offshore wind farm service base, the Polish energy company announced on Thursday (9 February).

The construction of the service base will start later this year and will end in 2025 and will provide service for 76 offshore wind turbines by 2026, the Orlen Group said. The amount of energy generated will correspond to electricity consumption in more than 1.5 million households across Poland.

“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,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN Orlen. “Therefore, we consistently build a strong multi-utility group able to invest in forward-looking areas of the modern power sector, which will ensure the security of energy supply for consumers, development of the potential of Polish companies and increase in value for PKN Orlen shareholders.”

The Baltic Power wind farm, jointly developed by PKN Orlen and Northland Power, will consist of 76 wind turbines, each with a height of over 200 metres. The farm will occupy an area of over 130 square kilometres, around 23 kilometres north of the Baltic Sea coastline, near the towns of Łeba and Choczewo.

The service base for the Baltic Power farm, which will be built on the premises of the port in Łeba, will be the centre of its daily operation and maintenance. The location is of “prime importance” as the base must be located close to the area where the farm is located to ensure the shortest possible response time for service teams, the Orlen Group said. From Łeba, it takes around 40 minutes to reach the offshore wind farm.

The chosen contractor is a Polish company, ERBUD, which will be responsible for the base construction and is scheduled to start later this year. As the main Contractor, the company 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, the Orlen Group said.

Approximately 2-4 Crew Transfer Vessels (including vessels intended for the transport of 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.

Baltic Power has also selected an international company, Antea Poland, for providing the contract engineer service and supervising the entire investment process.

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, transportation, 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, which was also the first decision of this type issued for offshore wind projects in Poland.

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