Latvia and Estonia TSOs investigate offshore wind grid connection

In: Windfarms
The electricity transmission system operators in Latvia and Estonia, AS Augstsprieguma tikls (AST) and Elering AS have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly study possible solutions for connecting the proposed ELWIND offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea to the mainland transmission network in Latvia and Estonia.

The study of preliminary offshore transmission line routes to the areas in the Gulf of Riga and on the West shore of Latvia and Estonia have already been made, but more detailed research and cooperation is required for deeper evaluation and future decision-making process.

"Latvia is also bound by Europe's common commitment for achieving the goals of green policy or to increase the share of renewable energy, and according to the National Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 the development of offshore wind farms is one of the ways to meet them. The transmission system operator is responsible to provide the necessary infrastructure for that and joint off-shore wind projects with our neighbours will allow both to increase the security of electricity supply and to reduce costs on the way to achieve the set green goals," said Gatis Junghāns, board member of AST.

The capacity of ELWIND is expected 700-1000MW and the project is planned to be completed by the end of 2030.

AST and Elering are responsible for the transmission infrastructure development, construction and connection issues to the mainland transmission network of the ELWIND project. Taking into account that ELWIND project involves two countries, the project could qualified as regional status project with future possibility to receive co-financing from CEF RES (The Connecting Europe Facility of Renewable Energy) funds, the conditions for which will be known after 2022.

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