Lithuania picks firm to make special plan for offshore wind development

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March 19 (Renewables Now) - UAB Ardynas has won a contract to prepare a special plan for offshore wind development in Lithuania, focusing on a preliminary site in the Baltic Sea.

Lithuania’s energy ministry said in a statement that the firm has been tasked with determining specific areas for the construction of offshore wind parks in stages. UAB Ardynas is expected to set the boundaries of the plant territory along with requirements for site management and maintenance in addition to creating a concept for the connection of the wind parks to an offshore transformer substation.

Over the next 18 months, the firm should also prepare a strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

Meanwhile, there is an ongoing public procurement procedure to select a party to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Last June, the government of Lithuania picked a specific area, located about 29 km from shore and covering 137.5 sq km in average water depths of 35 m, saying it is appropriate for the construction of a 700-MW wind power complex. Developers are supposed to be chosen in a tender to be held in 2023.

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