Van Oord has partnered
with Saare Wind Energy to mutually develop the Saaremaa
farm, located south-west of the Estonian island Saaremaa in the Baltic
Sea. Saare has been developing the project since 2015.
Previously, the Estonian
Government had refused to start the construction permit procedure for the
wind farm. This was reportedly due to national security concerns over the
source of project investment.
The next phase in the
development process includes the start of the Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA), which will be initiated after a positive decision has been received
from the Estonian authorities. Van Oord and Sare “are convinced that
the combined knowledge base will facilitate a successful development of
the project”, which could act as a “foothold for the development
of an international Baltic Grid”.
Covering 154 square
kilometres, the Saaremaa offshore wind farm’s prospects have been significantly
boosted following this announcement, which carries the support of the Estonian
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