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RWE and Siemens Gamesa team up to speed up offshore wind growth in Poland. Siemens Gamesa was selected by RWE as their preferred supplier for F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind project. The 350 MW wind farm will use 25 Siemens Gamesa’s SG 14-236 DD offshore turbines. An agreement for service is also included. Construction works can begin as soon as 2024, subject to final investment decision. ONce Fully Operational F.E.W. Baltic II will make a significant contribution to Poland’s energy transition, producing enough green electricity for around 350,000 households.
“By selecting Siemens Gamesa to be our preferred supplier, we have reached the next step on our journey to constructing our first Polish offshore windfarm. Our F.E.W. Baltic II project will help us to develop the local supply chain, and also contribute significantly towards the education of future workforces,” says Sven Utermohlen CEO Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables. “Offshore wind is really gaining momentum in Poland, and we want to play a key role by developing, building and operating additional wind farms off the Polish coast.”
RWE has signed an agreement for its F.E.W. Baltic II offshore windfarm which will support Siemens Gamesa’s ongoing collaboration with the Polish wind power supply chains with an average annual purchase of more than 250 million euros.
“Offshore wind power has rapidly become a huge asset for Poland and we will do everything in our power to make it a reality. We are proud to have been awarded the preferred supplier award by RWE for F.E.W. Baltic II was one of the first offshore projects for the country. It is a great combination of our SG 14-236 DD offshore turbine technology and RWE’s entrepreneurial approach toward Poland. Our academic partners are also encouraging us to help develop the Polish offshore workforce. We are confident that the development program will follow the path established by the Polish supply chain. Already qualified companies have delivered to many projects. More are on the way.” states Marc Becker, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.
RWE’s F.E.W. will be supported by more than 150 experts to support its realization. More than 150 experts will be available to support the realization of RWE’s F.E.W. Baltic II and other future offshore projects. This hub will have more than 150 specialists. They will be responsible for preassembly activities and project management. Gdansk will become the office’s main location. The first staffing has already begun. This will be the largest operation in its type in the Polish offshore-wind industry, joining the 20-member Siemens Gamesa Offshore Sales Team in Poland.
RWE has chosen port of Ustka for operation and maintenance of Its F.E.W. Baltic II. RWE plans to create up to 50 jobs by establishing a service station at the Polish port. The service station is expected to be operational by 2025. RWE intends to service its wind farm for at most 25-30 years from this port.
RWE and Siemens Gamesa also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime University of Szczecin. The MoU aims to identify joint activities that support students’ education. It also explores the possibility of collaboration in certain research projects.