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Port of Tallinn and Utilitas Wind ink offshore wind cooperation agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 02/02/2023 Port of Tallinn

Port of Tallinn and Utilitas Wind have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of supporting offshore wind development in Estonia and the Baltic States.

The Port of Tallinn is investing in its Paldiski South Harbour to construct a the new 310-metre quay with a 10-hectare backland area. The new quay aims to enable the port to receive offshore construction and supply vessels for the construction of offshore wind farms and the transport of wind turbine components. The large rear area beyond the quay aims to support preparations for the manufacture and storage of generators and wind turbine blades before being loaded on a ship.

One of the opportunities for cooperation between the Port of Tallinn and Utilitas is the development of the Saare-Liivi offshore wind farm. The Saare-Liivi offshore wind farm developed by Utilitas Wind is located in the Gulf of Riga and scheduled to be completed in 2028. The first stage of development includes installing approximately 80 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1,200 MW, with an expected annual electricity production of over 5 TWh. Cooperation between Utilitas Wind and Port of Tallinn will allow for the maximal use of local expertise and labour in order to create synergy between the needs of the local communities and the development of the energy business.

“Port of Tallinn has set an objective to become the leading offshore wind farm operator in the Baltic and Northern European region. To this end, we have decided to invest up to EUR 53 million to build a new quay in Paldiski South Harbour,” said Valdo Kalm, the CEO of the Port of Tallinn.

Rene Tammist, board member of Utilitas Wind, believes that cooperation with the Port of Tallinn will create better opportunities for the faster construction of offshore wind farms.

“Cooperation between strategically important sectors is of key importance to ensure that new generation capacities are built as soon as possible, bringing down the price of electricity and ensuring our energy independence through domestic production. Offshore wind farms are the best possible solution to achieve this goal,” said Tammist.


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