A consortium involving engineering company Semco Maritime and manufacturer Bladt Industries has won a contract to supply two offshore substations for the Baltic Power wind project off the coast of Poland.

Run by a joint venture between Polish oil refiner Orlen Group and Canada-headquartered clean power operator Northland Power, the project located 23 kilometres from the coast near Leba and Choczewo in northern Poland is expected to be commissioned in 2026.

The partners will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the offshore substations between 2022 and 2025. These will be standing on foundations and rising some 20 metres above sea level.

The Baltic Power wind park comprises more than 70 turbines, each with a minimum capacity of 14 megawatts. The project as a whole would have a nameplate capacity of up to 1.2 gigawatts.

The companies will be selecting local their own suppliers locally, said Baltic Power board member Jaroslaw Broda, who added: “This is a very important aspect for us as an investor, which translates into building a local value chain for the offshore wind sector, because each of these companies are already intensively looking for sub-suppliers in Poland.”

Semco is currently supplying services to a number of offshore wind projects.

In August, it won a contract in conjunction with Vietnam’s PTSC M&C for the EPC of two substations for the Hai Long wind project in Taiwan.

It also entered a five-year servicing contract for the offshore wind park Arcadis Ost 1 in the Baltic Sea off Germany.