Van Oord chosen for construction of offshore wind project in Baltic Sea

WCN Editorial Team 14 Sep 2022 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Van Oord has been chosen as the contractor for building Baltic Power offshore wind farm, 23km north of the Polish coastline.

The company will be responsible for installation of more than 70 foundations, comprising a monopile equipped with a transition piece.

With an anticipated generation capacity of up to 1.2GW, the wind farm will eventually supply renewable energy to more than 1.5 million households in the country.

Construction of the offshore wind farm is expected to begin in 2024.

The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for 2026.

According to experts’ estimations, Baltic Sea has total wind generation capacity of 85GW, approximately twice the total electrical capacity currently installed in the country .

Outlining the potential of offshore wind energy in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea, the Polish State National Energy Policy (PEP2040) expects clean energy generation capacity of nearly 5.9GW by 2030 and up to 11GW by 2040.

Offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea may have an important role in Poland’s energy transition, boosting its energy security, and reducing air pollution.

Van Oord will deploy Svanen, its heavy life installation vessel.

In Poland, Baltic Power is Van Oord’s first offshore wind project, although it earlier was involved in dredging projects.

Baltic Power member of the management board Jarosław Broda said: "Baltic Power consistently follows its schedule and selects suppliers who can boast not only a great deal of experience, but also a readiness to carry out significant part of the work in Poland."

The offshore wind farm development is a joint venture project of two companies: PKN ORLEN (Poland) and Northland Power (Canada).

Van Oord and Northland Power have worked together on Gemini and Deutsche Bucht offshore wind projects.
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Image: Offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea may have an important role in Poland’s energy transition. Credit: Van Oord.

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