RWE Assembling Offshore Wind Supply Chain Team in Poland

RWE Renewables, through its Polish subsidiary Baltic Trade & Invest Sp. z o.o., has signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with three Polish companies from the maritime sector, which will support the construction of the FEW Baltic II 350 MW offshore wind project in Poland.

RWE has entered into cooperation with LOTOS Petrobaltic S.A., the Polish Ocean Lines S.A. (PLO), as well as with the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.

The agreement with LOTOS focuses on the technical exchange of experiences in the field of geotechnical surveys, installation and service vessels as well as subsea inspection and services, and potential use for RWE’s offshore projects in Poland.

The collaboration with PLO puts the focus on service fleet capabilities, CO2 reduction and the training of crews in the area of offshore wind.

With the Port of Gdynia Authority, RWE plans to provide its experience and knowledge as an offshore wind developer across all technical areas to support the planning of an offshore terminal.

Back in 2019, RWE Renewables bought a pipeline of up to four offshore wind projects in Poland with a total generation capacity of more than 1.5 GW. The 350 MW FEW Baltic II is one of those projects.

Earlier this year, RWE signed the Grid Connection Agreement with Poland’s transmission system operator PSE for the wind farm and this April the Polish Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) awarded the project with a Contract for Difference.

The wind farm is located some 50 kilometres offshore, on the north side of the Slupsk Bank in the Baltic Sea. It covers an area of around 41 square kilometres with water depths ranging between 30 and 50 metres.

FEW Baltic II could be operational as early as 2025.

Photo: Illustration; RWE Renewables