Estonian-Latvian offshore wind farm project ELWIND is progressing rapidly and has reached a notable milestone – a public procurement for a pre-feasibility study, the aim of which is to preselect suitable geographical areas for the construction of the wind farm, has been successfully completed.
A joint procurement to select a suitable contractor for the conduction of a pre-feasibility study of the offshore areas which are available for developing the unique, regionally-integrated wind farm, has been concluded ahead of schedule. The results of the assessment should become available before the end of the current year. Therefore, it is possible that the decision on selecting specific areas for further development may be adopted in the early 2022.
Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) said the project’s aim is to achieve sustainable, affordable and stable energy production. “We are in the beginning of a long and challenging journey where two good neighbors are efficiently combining their expertise, resources and commitment in order to improve cross-border connectivity and to enhance security of the supply for the Baltics. Furthermore, it is undoubtedly another important step to achieve the goals of European green policy,” Aas said.
Latvian Minister of Economy Janis Vitenbergs said that the development of renewables-founded production capacities is of utmost important for the entire Baltic region. “Considering the current state of global energy markets as well as the upward trend, observed in the trajectory of fossil energy source prices, wind-based electricity generation is a vital instrument of ensuring sufficient and stable supply of clean, cheap and carbon-neutral power. We are proud of the magnitude and depth of the cooperation which aim is to create a better future for Latvians and Estonians,” Vitenbergs said.
The pre-feasibility study will be carried out by Hendrikson