Poland – Siemens Gamesa has been chosen by Equinor and its partner Polenergia as the preferred supplier of wind turbine generators for the MFW Batyk II and MFW Batyk III projects, two of Poland’s largest offshore wind farms.
The preferred supplier agreement is a significant step forward for the MFW Batyk II and MFW Batyk III projects, which will have a total installed capacity of 1440 MW. It is a significant step toward the project’s goal of supplying offshore wind energy as a significant part of Poland’s energy transformation.
Offshore wind turbines
Siemens Gamesa will deliver its flagship model SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine to cover the combined maximum capacity of both projects under the terms of the agreement. The turbine has a nominal power of 14 MW and can be upgraded to 15 MW with Power Boost. When installed on Equinor and Polenergia’s projects, this will be Siemens Gamesa’s largest direct drive offshore wind turbine, and it will have been operational for a few years. The exact number of machines will be determined at a later stage of development after the final turbine supply agreement, as well as service and warranty agreements, are finalized.
One rotation of the rotor at full load will provide enough electricity for one average household in Poland for four days, thanks to the large modern wind turbines chosen for the Equinor and Polenergia projects. When one turbine is operating at full capacity, it takes only 10 minutes to generate enough electricity to power an average Polish household for a year.
FID in 2024
Both projects have a combined capacity of 1440 MW, which is a significant part of the first phase of the Polish offshore wind industry development scheme, which has a total capacity of 5900 MW. Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office awarded MFW Batyk II and III Contracts for Difference (CfDs) in May 2021. (ERO). The projects are in the Baltic Sea, about 27 and 40 kilometers from Łeba, where Equinor has purchased a plot for its future operations and maintenance (O&M) base port. The final investment decision for both projects is expected in 2024, with the first power delivered to the grid in 2027, pending the receipt of the necessary permits.