Dutch offshore services provider Van Oord has been awarded the contract for the construction of the Baltica 2 offshore wind farm.

The project, a joint development by Ørsted and PGE, is situated 40km offshore Poland in the Baltic Sea.

The company will be responsible for the transportation and installation of 111 extended monopiles – 107 for wind turbines and four for offshore substations.

Van Oord plans to utilise its offshore installation vessel Aeolus and the heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen for the project. The Svanen is set to receive a significant upgrade in 2024, enhancing its capabilities.

The upgrade will extend the gantry crane, transforming the Svanen into one of the world’s largest floating heavy-lift installation vessels and augmenting its lifting capacity.

This enhancement will enable the vessel to install the foundations for the new-generation 14MW wind turbines at Baltica 2.

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The design of the extended monopiles merges the monopile and transition piece into a single component, reducing the number of lifting operations needed offshore.

This speeds up the installation process and enhances safety.

Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel Nordnes will be employed to place rock precisely and efficiently at each foundation site.

The Baltica 2 offshore wind farm, with its 1.5GW production capacity, is set to become Poland’s largest renewable energy project.

It will generate enough green energy to meet the electricity needs of 2.4 million Polish households.

In January 2024, the developers PGE Group and Ørsted appointed GE Vernova, represented in Poland by GE Power, and Polimex Mostostal as contractors for the wind farm’s onshore infrastructure to export power generated by Baltica 2.

The onshore connection infrastructure will be developed near Osieki in Pomerania, within the Choczewo commune in Lęborskie and in the Wejherowo district.