GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business announced a partnership with Polimex Mostostal (PXM) to construct the onshore infrastructure required for transferring power from the Baltica 2 project, a crucial phase of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm.
The contract involves the establishment of a 275/400 kV high voltage substation and onshore export lines essential for integrating the energy generated by the Baltica 2 project into the Polish Power System.
GE Vernova will provide key technologies such as Gas Insulated Switchgear, Transformers, and Static Synchronous Compensators (STATCOMs), ensuring the stability of the electrical grid, particularly in the integration of renewable sources like offshore wind farms.
PXM, on the other hand, will oversee all civil work, equipment installation, and laying of the onshore export lines necessary for the functioning of the onshore electrical substation.
Johan Bindele, Head of Grid Systems Integration at GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business, emphasized the project’s significance, stating, “This significant project reinforces GE Vernova’s commitment to the advancement of renewable energy and Poland’s strategic shift to sustainable energy sources.”
The Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture between Orsted and PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, is poised to become the largest in the Polish Baltic Sea, boasting a total capacity of 2.5 GW from Baltica 2 and Baltica 3. Upon completion, the wind farm is expected to supply clean energy to nearly four million households in Poland, contributing substantially to carbon dioxide emissions reduction.
Krzysztof Figat, President of the Management Board of Polimex Mostostal, expressed gratitude for being entrusted with the contract, stating, “Our experienced project team, in cooperation with our technology partner GE Vernova, looks forward to successfully working on this key project.”
Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, said the Baltica 2 project would deliver 1.5 GW of power to the Pomerania region, enhancing the region’s energy security and that of the entire country.
Agata Staniewska-Bolesta, Managing Director of Orsted Offshore Poland, emphasized the progress made, stating, “With the signing of the contract for building the onshore infrastructure necessary for exporting power from Baltica 2, we are moving a big step closer to the realization of this pioneering project for offshore wind energy in Poland.”
Baltica 2, covering approximately 190 km² in the Polish Baltic Sea, is anticipated to be fully operational by 2027, playing a crucial role in Poland’s green energy transition and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The onshore infrastructure, including high voltage substations, plays a vital role in ensuring the stable and reliable transmission of power from offshore renewable energy projects like Baltica.