Baltica 2 and 3 Onshore Connection Contracts Put Out to Tender

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and Ørsted have issued a contract notice seeking engineering, procurement and construction services covering the onshore connections of the 1.5 GW Baltica 2 and 1 GW Baltica 3 offshore wind farms.

The tender is divided into two lots and covers the EPC scope for the wind farm’s onshore substations and onshore connection lines.

The interested parties have until 26 April to submit their requests to participate in the tender.

PGE plans to send invitations to tender in the second half of September.

”Preparation for the construction of the land part of the infrastructure and its implementation itself is a several-year process taking place in parallel with the preparatory work at sea. Year 2022 will be very intensive for us in terms of procurement procedures relating to evacuating power, while first construction works on land are planned for Q4 of 2023,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

The proceedings have been announced and will be conducted by PGE Baltica and the contract with the general contractor selected in the tender will be signed jointly by PGE Baltica and Ørsted, the joint venture developers of the two projects.

The onshore connection infrastructure for the Baltica offshore wind project will be built in the vicinity of Osieki Lęborskie, in the Choczewo commune, in the Wejherowo district in Pomerania.

Two adjacent land stations will be built there, one for Baltica 2 and one for Baltica 3, together with export cable lines in the onshore area. The task of the general contractor selected in the tender will be to implement the contract in the “design and build” mode.

The task consists not only of the construction of transformer stations and export cable lines in the land area, but also access and internal roads, water and sewage network for the station, its lighting, and fencing.

According to the tender schedule, the results are planned to be announced by the end of 2022. The first construction works related to the onshore station are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Both Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 have received location decisions (PSzW), environmental decisions for the maritime part, transmission network connection agreements with the operator,

The two wind farms have also secured the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) in the first round of awards, reserved for the most advanced projects.

In 2022, the projects are expected to receive an environmental decision for the onshore transmission part, and will also start work on obtaining building permits. This is the last permit required before the final investment decision is made.

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