RWE has selected Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for its F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind project. The 350 MW wind farm is intended to utilize 25 of Siemens Gamesa’s flagship SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbines. A service agreement is included. Subject to the final investment decision, construction works could commence as early as 2024.
“With selecting Siemens Gamesa as preferred supplier, we have passed the next milestone on the way to realizing our first Polish offshore wind farm,” explains Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of offshore wind at RWE Renewables. “With our F.E.W. Baltic II project, we will accelerate the development of the local supply chain and contribute significantly to the education of future workforces. Offshore wind is gaining a real momentum in Poland, and we want to be one of the key drivers by developing, constructing and operating further wind farms off the Polish coast.”
“Offshore wind power is rapidly becoming a tremendous asset for Poland, and we will do our best to be one of the key players in making it real,” states Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. “We are honored to have secured the preferred supplier award from RWE for F.E.W. Baltic II, one of the first offshore developments for the country. Combining our SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine technology with RWE’s entrepreneurial approach to Poland is an excellent fit. We furthermore are encouraged by the drive found within our partners from academia to develop the future offshore workforce in Poland. We are confident that this development scheme will follow the path set by the Polish supply chain, where qualified companies already deliver to a wealth of projects, with more to come.”
To support the realization of RWE’s F.E.W. Baltic II and various future offshore projects, the new Siemens Gamesa Baltic Sea Offshore Execution center will consist of more than 150 experts. The specialists hired for this hub will cover such areas as preassembly activities, project management, construction management and commissioning for offshore wind farms in Poland and other countries. Gdansk will be the main office location.
For the operation and maintenance of its F.E.W. Baltic II project, RWE has chosen the Port of Ustka. It is expected that the service station will be ready by 2025. RWE plans to serve its wind farm for at least 25-30 years from this port.
RWE and Siemens Gamesa have also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maritime University of Szczecin. It is focused on identifying joint activities that support the education of students as well as exploring potential collaboration on certain research projects.