Van Oord to transport and install monopiles for Baltica 2 offshore wind farm in Poland

Van Oord announced today it has been awarded the contract to transport and install the monopile foundations for the Baltica 2 Offshore Wind Farm in the Polish section of the Baltic Sea.

Baltica 2, developed by Ørsted and PGE, is located 40 kilometres offshore. With a production capacity of 1.5 GW, the wind farm will be Poland’s largest-ever renewable energy project.

T&I contract

Van Oord will transport and install 111 extended monopiles, of which 107 will serve as foundations for wind turbines and the other 4 as foundations for offshore substations.

Van Oord will deploy offshore installation vessel Aeolus and heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen on this important Polish offshore wind project. The Svanen will undergo a major upgrade this year. The extension of the gantry crane will make the Svanen one of the largest floating heavy-lift installation vessels worldwide and will increase its lifting capacity. As a result of this upgrade, the Svanen will be able to install the foundations for the new generation 14 MW wind turbines used at the Baltica 2 Offshore Wind Farm.

The foundations for this offshore wind farm are extended monopiles, combining the traditional combination of a monopile and transition piece in one element. This saves lifting activities offshore and makes the installation safer and faster. Van Oord’s flexible fallpipe vessel Nordnes will be deployed to accurately and efficiently install rock at all foundation locations.

Baltica Offshore Wind Farm

Baltica 2 is the first phase of the larger Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. Baltica 2 is planned to be ready by the end of 2027. The second phase, Baltica 3 with approximate capacity of 1 GW, is planned to be delivered by 2030. Image: Svanen after upgrade. Source: Van Oord

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