RWE has selected Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for F.E.W. Baltic II, a 350 MW offshore wind project in Poland on which the developer plans to use 25 SG 14-236 DD wind turbines.
The agreement, subject to final investment decision, also includes a service contract and will contribute to Siemens Gamesa’s ongoing cooperation with the Polish wind power supply chain with the average yearly purchases of the goods and services in Poland equal to more than EUR 250 million, according to RWE.
To support the realisation of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm and other future offshore wind projects, Siemens Gamesa will launch its Baltic Sea Offshore Execution centre, with Gdansk to be main location.
The new centre will employ more than 150 specialists in areas ranging from preassembly activities, project management, construction management, to commissioning of offshore wind farms. According to a press release from RWE, the first recruitments have already begun.
RWE and Siemens Gamesa have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maritime University of Szczecin. The MoU is focused on identifying joint activities that support the education of students. It also encompasses exploring potential collaboration on certain research projects.
For the operation and maintenance (O&M) of its F.E.W. Baltic II project, RWE has chosen the Port of Ustka, where up to 50 new jobs will be created in the long run. It is expected that the O&M base will be ready by 2025, as of when it will serve the wind farm for at least 25 years.
Earlier this year, RWE selected France’s Atlantique Offshore Energy to engineer, procure, construct, install, and commission the offshore substation for the wind farm.
The F.E.W. Baltic II project was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the Polish Energy Regulatory Office awarded in April 2021.
Subject to final investment decision, construction works on the project could commence in 2024.
Once fully operational, the 350 MW F.E.W. Baltic II will produce enough green electricity to supply the equivalent needs of around 350,000 Polish households.
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