Haizea Bilbao to deliver primary steel for Baltic Power transition pieces

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 12/09/2022 Smulders

Smulders and Haizea Bilbao S.L. have signed a selected supplier agreement under which the two companies - subject to them concluding on the final contract - will cooperate for the supply and fabrication of more than 70 transition pieces for the
Baltic Power offshore Wind farm in the Polish Baltic Sea.

Haizea Bilbao will be manufacturing the primary steel in its Bilbao facilities.

Smulders will manufacture the secondary steel and assemble, outfit, coat, and test fully equipped transition pieces. The secondary steel will be manufactured at its facilities in Poland. The assembly of the transition pieces will take place at the yard in Hoboken or Newcastle, which was recently modified to enable the assembly of transition pieces.

This is the second project in which the two companies cooperate, and the first one for transition pieces.

“Smulders is a company with whom we share to a great extent our vision and core values, paving the way towards a joint journey towards decarbonization of our society and increasing the European energy independence” commented Borja de la Rica, General Manager of Haizea Bilbao.

Jaap Jansen, Tender Director of Smulders said: “We are proud to have been selected by Baltic Power to manufacture the transition pieces for this project, which is the first project for the Polish offshore wind market. A significant share of the steel structures for the Baltic Power project will come from Smulders own production facilities in Poland.” 

PKN ORLEN and Northland Power are jointly developing Baltic Power with a total capacity of up to 1.2 GW. Construction is expected to commence in 2023 with commercial operations expected in 2026. Last year, Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office approved a Contract for Difference for the Baltic Power offshore wind farm which was priced PLN 319.60 per MWh for up to 25 years.
The wind farm will be built some 23km off the shore, near Łeba and Choczewo. In June this year, the company completed geotechnical surveys of the seabed in the area of the farm.

Last week it was announced that contracts had been signed for the manufacture, delivery and installation of the offshore substations and foundations.

For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here. Alternatively, you can view projects across the globe using 4C Offshore's Interactive Map.