Van Oord bags T&I contract for Baltic Sea project

Baltic Power announced the signing of several reservation contracts for the manufacture, delivery and installation of the offshore substations and foundations for its Baltic Power offshore wind farm project located in the Baltic Sea. Dutch contractor Van Oord was awarded the foundation Transport & Installation contract.

Baltic Power offshore wind farm will be built some 23 km off the shore, near Łeba and Choczewo. The wind farm, which will feature more than 70 turbines with a minimum capacity of 14 MW, is being developed by Baltic Power, the joint-venture project of the ORLEN Group and Northland Power. Now that Baltic Power is entering the key phase of preparations, they are signing contracts for the main components of the farm’s infrastructure necessary to carry out the project.

Foundations

The wind turbine foundations will be monopiles, weighing up to 2.4 thousand tonnes and 120 m in height, which will be driven into the seabed, up to a depth of 50 m, by specialised vessels. These will be supplied by Steelwind Nordenham. Belgian fabrication company Smulders will be responsible for supplying the transition pieces, to join the foundations with the wind turbine generators. These specialist steel structures will also be partially manufactured at its facilities located in Poland.

Baltic Power has entrusted the offshore transportation and installation of the foundation components to Van Oord. Their fleet of more than 60 vessels also includes those built specifically for work in the Baltic Sea.

Substations

Another scope of investment that has been secured through selected supplier contracts concerns the offshore substations. The Baltic Power offshore wind farm will have two substations. A consortium of Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of the offshore substations.

By the end of this year, Baltic Power will secure contracts for all the main elements of the farm’s infrastructure and services necessary to timely start the construction, scheduled for 2024. When completed in 2026, the Baltic Power offshore wind farm will be able to supply up to more than 1,5 million households with clean energy. Source: Baltic Power

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