German energy company RWE has selected France’s Atlantique Offshore Energy to engineer, procure, construct, install, and commission the offshore substation for the F.E.W. Baltic II wind farm in the Polish Baltic Sea.
The substation will collect and export the power generated at the 350 MW wind farm through high voltage submarine cables, while remotely controlling and monitoring the operation of the wind farm.
Design activities have already started, with early permitting activities expected this year and the full installation of the substation scheduled for 2025, Atlantique Offshore Energy, the marine energy business of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said.
Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables, said: ”With selecting Chantiers de l’Atlantique, we have passed the next milestone on the way to realising our first Polish offshore wind farm. Poland is one of the most attractive, emerging offshore markets in Europe. With our F.E.W. Baltic II project we will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition and accelerate the development of the local supply chain.”
This is the second time that Chantiers de l’Atlantique and RWE have joined forces on an offshore wind project, following the delivery of the Arkona offshore substation in 2018.
Frédéric Grizaud, Director of Atlantique Offshore Energy, said: ”We are very pleased and proud to welcome back RWE, a worldwide leader in our industry, and to execute for them their first complete project for an Electrical Offshore Substation in Poland. Our continued effort to improve the overall competitiveness of our substations demonstrates again our positive contribution to the European energy transition.”
In April 2021, the Polish Energy Regulatory Office awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) to the F.E.W. Baltic II. The CfD award is subject to final approval from the European Commission, which is expected in 2022.
At the end of last year, RWE received the environmental permit for project. This was the first Environmental Impact Assessment for a Polish offshore wind project, which had been assessed under a crossborder procedure (ESPOO convention), with participation of Danish and Swedish stakeholders.
RWE currently operates 17 offshore wind farms in 5 countries. By 2030, as part of its EUR 50 billion Growing Green investment and growth plan, RWE intends to increase its global offshore wind capacity from the current 2.4 GW to 8 GW.
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