Hitachi Energy has been chosen by Equinor and Polenergia to provide the electrical system infrastructure for the Polish offshore wind projects MFW Batyk II and III. Hitachi Energy will be in charge of designing the electrical system for the entire offshore wind farm. Under the terms of the contract, work will range from the wind turbines to the point of connection to the grid at the Supsk-Wierzbicino substation in Poland.
“We are placing an order for the “heart” of the offshore wind farm energy transmission and transformation system. This is one of our Batyk project’s most significant contracts, according to Michalski, the head of Polenergia’s Management Board.
Batyk’s project contract
Equinor said the contract includes system study analysis and the integration of all pertinent equipment of interfacing contractors. This is in order to ensure that the overall wind farms are designed with a safe, stable, and cost-effective transmission system. Consequently, they will comply with the Polish Grid Code requirements.
In addition, Hitachi Energy is in charge of providing the turnkey delivery of the entire onshore substation. This is as well as the overall power control system, telecom network, and high voltage equipment at the offshore and onshore substations. Additionally, interface work at the Slupsk grid connection is covered by the contract.
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MFW Batyk II and III wind farms are currently the biggest in Poland
MFW Batyk II and MFW Batyk III are two of the biggest currently being built in Poland. They are also the most sophisticated offshore wind farms. According to Equinor, they have a combined capacity of 1,440 MW. The projects’ Contracts for Difference (CfDs) were granted by Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) in May 2021. They will include Siemens Gamesa 14 MW wind turbines .
The MFW Batyk II and III wind farms are located in the Baltic Sea. They are between 27 and 40 kilometres from the port of Leba. They also make up a sizable portion of the Polish offshore wind industry’s first phase of development with a combined capacity of 5,900 MW. The first power will be delivered to the grid in 2027. Consequently, the final investment decision for both projects is scheduled for 2024, subject to receiving the required permits.