Norwegian energy company Equinor, together with their partner, the Polish electricity company Polenergia, have selected Siemens Gamesa to supply wind turbine generators for the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III projects.
The offshore wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 1440MW to be delivered by the Siemens Gamesa SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine. The turbine has 14MW nominal power and can reach up to 15MW capacity with Power Boost.
Michał Kołodziejczyk, country manager of Equinor in Poland, said: “Selecting the preferred turbine supplier, we reach another milestone, moving our projects forward and bringing the best technologies into the Polish market and its offshore wind industry development.
“Our goal is to execute these projects in a way that brings this competitive source of clean and renewable energy to Poland, based on leading solutions. We believe this cooperation with Siemens Gamesa will accelerate further the progress of our projects that can bring several opportunities for the Polish market and Polish companies to be included in the local supply chain.”
The SG 14-236 DD is Siemens Gamesa’s largest direct drive offshore wind turbine and according to Equinor, one rotation of the rotor at full load will supply enough electricity for one average household in Poland for 4 days.
“We have selected a wind turbine that is the best solution for the overall business case and we look forward to further maturing the projects in collaboration with Siemens Gamesa,” says Mette H. Ottøy, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.
MFW Bałtyk II and III are located in the Baltic Sea between 22 km and 37 km from the coast. The projects will cover a combined area of approximately 240 square kilometers at water depths ranging from around 25 to 40 meters. The Contracts for Difference (CfDs) were awarded in May 2021 by Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office (ERO).
Michał Michalski, Ph.D., president of the Management Board of Polenergia, added: “We effectively secure the supply of key products and services required to implement Baltic investments. We develop our projects on the basis of the best practices known from other European countries and draw on the experience of other offshore energy investments. This allows for a smooth process of obtaining the necessary permits and significantly increases the degree of advancement of these projects. We believe that our offshore wind farms will provide clean, green energy for millions of Polish households by 2027.”