Estonia launches permit process for offshore wind

8 January 2020

The Estonian government has initiated the construction permit procedure for three offshore wind farms.

The three projects are located in the Gulf of Riga and have a capacity of almost 1.4 GW. The start of the construction permit process also marks the start of the environmental impact assessments for the projects.

The wind farms include Eesti Energia’s 1 GW project proposal and a 380 MW project proposed by Tuuletraal OÜ.

A third project put forward by Baltic Workboats AS is a 4 MW near shore wind farm.

Eesti Energia wants to install up to 160 wind turbines in the Gulf of Riga and has already carried out primary wind measurements, seabed, ice, and bird surveys. The project could be on-line in 2030, Eesti Energia said.

Tuuletraal’s wind farm would comprise up to 76 turbines in combination with aquaculture infrastructure installed in an area covering 88 km2 off Pärnu County.

Baltic Workboat’s project is proposed for a 2 sq km area near Nasva harbour, 200 m from the coast.


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