Lithuania unveils plans for another Baltic Sea wind farm

As Lithuania prepares to launch an auction next year for the development of the first offshore wind farm, plans for an additional project up to 700 MW been unveiled. The government also approved amendments to the Renewable Energy and Electricity Laws, which define the tender conditions for the development of the additional offshore wind farm.

Unlike in the case of the first offshore wind farm, the developer will carry out the project without additional state support, and will also have to carry out all the necessary research, environmental impact assessment and other related actions himself.

The winner of the tender will also be responsible for connecting to electricity transmission networks on land and its integration to the national grid. It will also have to meet national security requirements.

If the amendments approved by the Government are approved by the Seimas, they should enter into force in 1 February 2023.

"It is expected that the tender will be won by the developer offering the highest development fee, which can be used to reduce the effects of high energy prices and further promote renewable energy. "We need to increase local electricity generation very quickly. First, another offshore wind farm will increase local electricity production to half of the required demand. Secondly, the received development tax will allow the state to compensate the additional costs incurred while borrowing for residents' compensation for electricity,"
said Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.

The Lithuanian government has plans to tender for the first in September 2023.
The project is planned to be constructed by 2030 in a Baltic Sea territory nearly 30km from the shore. A wind farm of this capacity in the Baltic Sea is expected to produce approximately 2.5-3 TWh of electricity per year, which is nearly a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

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