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SSW advised Baltic Power on concluding an EPC contract for an onshore substation with GE Power and Enprom

SSW advised and represented Baltic Power during negotiations of an EPC contract for the design and construction of an onshore substation as part of Poland’s first offshore wind farm project, valued in excess of EUR 4.7 billion.

The substation, which is the onshore part of the wind farm, will be constructed in the Choczewo municipality and will allow for the transfer of energy generated offshore. The wind farm’s planned total capacity is 1140 MW. The onshore substation will be connected to the wind farm’s offshore part by a system of underground export and inter-array cables. The substation will be equipped with a state-of-the-art STATCOM system designed to ensure fast reactive power compensation and voltage level regulation at the point of connection to the National Power System. The contractor is a consortium of GE Power sp. z o.o. and Enprom sp. z o.o. Within the consortium, GE is responsible for designing the electrical parts and supplying the power equipment, while Enprom is responsible for designing and constructing the substation. Construction of the onshore substation and completion of the entire offshore wind farm is planned for 2026.

Baltic Power was advised during the bidding process, in preparing the draft agreement, and represented in the negotiations by Hubert Wysoczański, PhD (Partner), who leads the Infrastructure team, and Katarzyna Kuśnierek (Associate) from the Infrastructure team.

Hubert Wysoczański comments:

Constructing an offshore wind farm is a multidimensional and multidisciplinary process. The EPC contract to design and construct an onshore substation is one of the project’s key contracts. The investment’s nature and its pioneering status on the Polish market gave rise to numerous design and legal challenges. The involvement of foreign entities in the project emphasised the multi-jurisdictional aspects and the international context of the work. The multi-phase nature of the offshore wind farm’s construction required appropriate rules of cooperation between the related contractors. Finally, the bankability requirements of the 25 financial institutions financing the project and the internal requirements of Baltic Power’s shareholders had to be properly addressed.

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