German coalition agreement added to optimism in offshore wind sector

The three German parties – SPD, Greens and FDP – concluded a coalition agreement in Berlin in November. SPD politician Olaf Scholz will become the new chancellor, replacing Angela Merkel. The landmark agreement also touches on the development of offshore wind energy. […]

EU plans and the wind potential of the Baltic Sea. BalticWind.EU to attend CPMR Baltic Sea Commission meeting

On 8 December, there will be a meeting of the Working Group for energy and climate of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission. The topic of the meeting are the opportunities of offshore wind energy development in the Baltic region. We will be represented at the meeting by Paweł Wróbel, Managing Director of BalticWind.EU, who will talk about the European Union’s plans for offshore wind energy and the implications of it. […]

Holger Matthiesen moves from RWE Renewables to Aker Offshore wind

The Norwegian developer of the offshore wind sector has announced that Holger Matthiesen, who until now has been acting as Head of Offshore Wind Development Scandinavia, Poland & Baltics in RWE Renewables, has joined the Norwegian tycoon developing offshore wind farms in floating technology, […]

A safe Baltic without chemical weapons and shipwrecks? Poland does not want to be indifferent

#BalticForGenerations – is an initiative of the Polish energy company Enea and the UN Global Compact Network Poland, which aims to protect the waters of the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of thousands of tons of classic munitions, chemical weapons and shipwrecks filled with fuel lie on the seabed. The remnants of World War II pose threats to the Baltic ecosystem, but they are also a financial and environmental challenge to the offshore wind industry. […]

2 GW more of offshore wind by 2030 – new Danish agreement

Denmark’s Finance Ministry said that the Danish government, together with the political parties, has reached a partial agreement on the 2022 budget bill. Politicians expressed the need for more investment in offshore wind energy. It was agreed to expand offshore windmills by an additional 2 GW by 2030. The agreement was presented on Saturday, December 4. […]

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Denmark opened in Klaipeda – a chance to strengthen relations in the offshore wind sector

Jonas Nazarovas, Managing Director of AB DFDS Seaways, has become the first Honorary Consul of Denmark in the Klaipeda region. The solemn ceremony was attended by Ambassador Hans Brask and new Danish Consul Jonas Nazarovas, Klaipeda Mayor Vytautas Grubliauskas and Vice-Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania, Daiva Garbaliauskaitė. […]

Dutch offshore wind industry goes on trade mission to the Baltic countries

A Dutch trade mission will visit the Baltic States from 31 January to 4 February 2022. Representatives of the Dutch offshore wind industry will look for business opportunities in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. […]

Three German companies combine their forces in the offshore wind sector

Three German companies – OWS Off-Shore Wind Solutions (OWS), Dipl.-Ing. H. Sitte & Co. Schiffsinstallationen KG, Dipl.-Ing. H. Sitte & Co. KG, Dipl.-Ing. H. Sitte & Service KG (Sitte) oraz Wind Multiplikator (WM) – announced a global partnership in the offshore and onshore wind sector. […]

Danish Energy Agency and Hvidovre municipality launch public consultation on EIA of Aflandshage wind farm

The Danish Energy Agency has announced that it has launched a public consultation with the municipality of Hvidovre on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Aflandshage wind farm. Responses must be submitted by 20 February, 2022. […]

French, Dutch and Canadian companies interested in offshore wind farm in Lithuania

Representatives of the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy informed during the international Electric City 2021 conference that the construction of an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea is in high demand. Among the companies are TotalEnergies Renewables of France, Van Oord Offshore Wind of the Netherlands, Northland Power of Canada. BalticWind.EU was a partner of the event in Copenhagen. […]

Fingrid has published a plan to develop grid by 2031. Increased forecasts for wind power

Finnish electricity system operator Fingrid has published its Grid Development Plan 2022-2031, which sets out the principles of grid planning, grid development needs and planned investments for the next ten years. The operator is also increasing forecasts for wind power development, but this raises challenges in expanding the north-south transmission grid. […]

City of Gävle gives green light for Utposten 2 offshore farm

Wind project developer Svea Vind Offshore has announced that Gävle City Council has given the go-ahead for the Utposten 2 wind farm in the Baltic Sea. […]

Swedish armed forces don’t want a wind farm near the Stockholm Archipelago

Plans have recently been reported that Baltic Offshore Delta offshore wind farm is planned to be build near the Stockholm Archipelago. As reported in Swedish media, the Armed Forces are tentatively saying “no” to a wind project in the Baltic Sea. […]

Denmark and Lithuania discuss offshore wind energy development in Klaipeda

Today in Klaipeda starts the”Offshore industry in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea: get ready for business”conference, which will bring together representatives of the offshore wind energy sector from Denmark and Lithuania, as well as parties interested in the development of the industry. According to Danish Ambassador to Lithuania Hans Brask, Lithuania and Klaipeda can become flagship centres for the development of offshore wind energy projects in the Eastern Baltic region. […]

PGE Baltica without Monika Morawiecka

Monika Morawiecka, CEO of PGE Baltica, announced on her Linkedin profile that she is leaving PGE Baltica, a company responsible for the development of offshore wind farms in Polish waters of the Baltic Sea. The information was confirmed by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. […]

Klaipeda port prepares for windmill development in the Baltic Sea

The Klaipeda Port Development Council met on November 26 to discuss ways to accelerate the port’s preparations for offshore wind energy development. The Port of Klaipeda has the ambition to play a significant role in the newly emerging market of the Baltic Sea. […]

Recycling, net-zero 2050, grid development – wind industry talks in Copenhagen

Yesterday the entire wind industry came to Copenhagen to discuss the transformation of energy systems, in particular wind energy. BalticWind.EU is one of the media partners of the event. Our representatives are meeting and talking to industry representatives about the challenges facing wind energy, particularly in the Baltic Sea region. Recycling of blades and other components, climate neutrality by 2050 and infrastructure development are among the key themes that shine through. […]

Estonia seeks inspiration and cooperation with Norway in offshore wind energy

Representatives of Estonian companies, looking for opportunities to develop offshore wind industry, paid a visit to Norway in order to learn about Norwegian industry and offshore potential. Estonia hopes to improve cooperation between offshore partners in the Baltic Sea region. The visit was announced by the Estonian Investment Agency (EIA). […]

Over 70 percent of Estonians support the construction of offshore wind farms

According to the latest opinion polls commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonians mostly support the development of offshore wind farms. […]

OX2 plans to build Aurora, an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea in the Swedish economic zone

RES developer OX2 is planning to build an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea in the Swedish economic zone. The Aurora wind power plant will be located 20-30 km off the coast of Gotland and Öland. Its capacity may reach 5.5 GW, while wind turbines – 15-25 MW. […]

Metsähallitus will soon start wind measurements in Maalahti for Korsnäs offshore farm

Finnish company Metsähallitus has announced that it will soon start testing wind levels at the site in Maalahden Bergö. The measurements will take about two years and the construction of the Korsnäs offshore wind farm will depend on the results. […]

Åland Islands with huge potential for offshore wind energy development

Experts from Finland’s LUT University have mapped the offshore wind energy potential in the Åland Islands for the local authorities. As it turns out, the region has huge potential for offshore wind development. A large wind farm could cover half of Finland’s current electricity production. […]

Sweden’s largest wind farm to be built near The Stockholm archipelago

Swedish media are reporting that Sweden’s largest offshore wind farm may be built in the waters of the Stockholm archipelago. The installation will consist of 253 wind turbines and will be completed in 2032. […]

Three Polish energy companies will jointly develop wind projects in the Baltic Sea

There are more and more alliances of companies that want to increase their market chances in the development of RES projects on the offshore wind market in Poland. Among them are PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Tauron Polska Energia and Enea, which have entered into an agreement on this matter. […]

Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan completed

The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Estonia has announced that the final draft of the Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan has been prepared. The document will be available to the public for a month and will be submitted to the government for adoption at the end of the year. The plan sets out principles for the various uses of the sea and establishes conditions and guidelines for new prospective ways to use the sea. In total, more than 20 conditions have been set for wind energy. […]

Palanga concerned about negative impacts of offshore windmills, there will be additional landscape studies

On BalticWind.EU we reported that Šarūnas Vaitkus, the mayor of the Lithuanian town of Palanga, addressed the state authorities with a letter on concerns about the development of offshore wind farms. Vaitkus was met by representatives of the Lithuanian energy ministry, who came to Palanga. […]

The Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia signed the “Baltic Way to Climate Neutrality” Declaration

The Presidents of the Baltic States, i.e. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, met on 15 November in Vilnius and signed the “Baltic Road to Climate Neutrality” Declaration . The document envisages joint action and cooperation of the Baltic States in a number of areas for the benefit of the climate. Among them is the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. […]

TÜV SÜD has completed the certification of the Kriegers Flak wind farm

International certification company TÜV SÜD has announced that it has completed the certification of the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. The certification was carried out in accordance with the Danish standard BEK 73. […]

Klintholm port to be expanded to accommodate more wind turbine operators

30 Zealand wind turbine owners visited Port Klintholm on 25 October, where the Danish trade association Wind Denmark held the last of this year’s five regional meetings, which in addition to Port Klintholm were also held in Vejle, Ikast, Vojens and Aalborg. As announced, Port Klintholm will be expanded to accommodate four to six wind turbine operators. […]

Climate Neutral Nordics. Grid operators publish a report, predicting doubling of RES capacity

Nordic grid operators Fingrid, Energinet, Statnett and Svenska kraftnät have published the Nordic Grid Development Perspective (NGDP) 2021 report. The study presents a path to a climate-neutral Nordic energy system. The “Climate Neutral Nordics” scenario foresees a doubling of RES capacity by 2040. […]

Vattenfall cuts scour protection costs at Kriegers Flak offshore farm

DHI Group has announced that it is implementing an innovative solution to reduce the scour of erosion protection systems at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, whose developer is Vattenfall. The investment will reduce these costs by 30 percent. […]

Baltic TSOs to establish the Baltic electricity system joint coordination centre

The Baltic electricity transmission system operators (TSO) Elering, AST (JSC “Augstsprieguma tīkls”) and Litgrid entered into an agreement to establish a Baltic Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) based in Tallinn and submitted a corresponding proposal to the competition authorities of the three countries. […]

Offshore wind expenses chase the investments in oil and gas sector

According to the latest analysis from independent think tank Rystad Energy, offshore wind expenses (CAPEX) are increasingly filling the gap left by investments in the oil and gas sector. By 2030, investments in the offshore wind market could surpass investments in the oil and gas sector in several key markets. Some countries have already reached borderline levels. […]

Environmentally friendly offshore wind energy development. OCEaN Coalition makes recommendations

The Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) is a coalition of wind farm operators, transmission systems and environmental organizations that provides an open forum for discussion. The German working group presented six recommendations for the nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy. […]

Port’s „to be or not to be”. We already know about the Polish plan, faster action is needed

The Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal signed on 15 September 2021 is another milestone in the development of this sector in Poland, next to the Act on the Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms of December 2020. This article is part of a series of comments on the main challenges to be met in order to make the plans contained in the sector deal a reality. It has been published in the Quarterly Country Report - Poland Q3 2021. Patrycja Rapacka: „Basis” for the Polish offshore wind sector, „condition” for the development of Polish windmills in the Baltic [...]

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners will become more involved in offshore wind energy

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) fund plans to invest €100 billion in RES assets by 2030. Investor representatives argue that swift political action is needed to accelerate the pace of RES development and achieve the Paris Agreement targets. This is particularly important in the context of the ongoing COP26 climate summit. CIP wants to increase its involvement in offshore wind energy. […]

Denmark must rely on innovative solutions when building energy islands

DTU Electrical Engineering experts believe that Denmark can gain billions of Danish kroner by implementing smart solutions when building energy islands in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. […]

Representatives of Polish offshore wind sector went on a study visit to the Netherlands

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Poland informed, that in October a study visit of the Polish offshore wind energy sector representatives took place in the Netherlands. […]

Offshore wind, grids, environment – let’s talk about the future of the Baltic Sea at Electric City 2021

November will be the month to talk about wind energy in Europe. A conference organized by WindEurope, Electric City 2021 will be held in Copenhagen to discuss a new perspective on offshore wind development. It is also an excellent opportunity to discuss the role of the Baltic Sea in the development of the wind sector and decarbonisation of the Baltic economies. […]

New work programme on development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea adopted

The Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) adopted a new work programme for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea. […]

Iberdrola plans to build Windanker wind farm in the Baltic Sea

One of the wind leaders, Spain’s Iberdrola, has summarised its financial results for the first nine months of 2021. Iberdrola has decided to exercise its right of first refusal on one of its wind projects. The 300 MW Windanker offshore wind farm project will be built in the Baltic Sea within the Baltic Hub. […]

Offshore wind energy at COP26 climate summit

The long-awaited climate summit in Glasgow - COP26 - kicked off on October 31. The venue for the meeting of decision-makers from around the world is significant - the UK is the European leader in the development of offshore wind energy, aiming to install 40 GW by 2030. Representatives from the wind sector will also attend the summit. Around 120 leaders met in Glasgow on Monday for the start of COP26, kicking off two weeks of global negotiations that will help determine whether humanity can take the urgent action needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. Britain's COP26 presidency is calling [...]

Dillinger continues to invest in monopile production

Dillinger, a German manufacturer of high-quality heavy plate, has announced that they will invest €56.5 million to expand production of super-heavy plate at Dillinger and to manufacture offshore foundations at Steelwind Nordenham. […]

Lina Kinning, SWEA: The transparent and open dialogue will be crucial in Swedish offshore grid development

The Swedish government announced in October that electricity system operator Svenska Kraftnät would be tasked with developing the offshore transmission grid in connection with plans to develop offshore wind power. Lina Kinning, offshore energy and European policy expert at the Swedish Wind Energy Association (SWEA), in a commentary for BalticWind.EU talks about the challenges.  […]

How will offshore wind farms affect the shipping industry? We ask the Swedish Transport Agency

The seas are the heart of the shipping sector. The development of offshore wind farms may lead to even more users in maritime areas. We ask the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) how offshore wind development can affect the shipping sector. […]

Enersense has acquired the Finnish company Pori Offshore Construction

On October 4, zero-carbon solutions provider Enersense acquired all shares of Pori Offshore Constructions, a company with extensive know-how in the offshore wind sector. This was a major factor in the investment decision. […]

Iris Baldursdottir, ENTSO-E: The offshore wind integration will not happen overnight

Offshore wind energy is one of the important pillars for the implementation of the EU Green Deal. The EC’s offshore RES strategy foresees the integration of 300 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050. This raises many challenges, in particular in terms of grid development, building new connections and at the same time maintaining energy security. – Instead of re-inventing the wheel, we should build on well established solutions and adjust them for offshore markets, system development, and system operations – comments for BalticWind.EU Iris Baldursdottir, independent consultant and a Senior Advisor at ENTSO-E, the [...]

Swedish fishermen concerned about offshore wind development plans

The Swedish government announced in October that electricity system operator Svenska Kraftnät would be tasked with expanding the transmission grid in offshore areas in connection with plans to develop offshore wind power. National fishermen were concerned about the announcements. They have issued a letter to the government on this issue. […]

Estonian Ministry of the Environment approves EIA programme for Saare offshore wind farm

Estonian media reports that the Ministry of the Environment has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) program for the Saare offshore wind farm. The wind power plant, with a capacity of up to 1400 MW, will be installed in the waters off the western side of the island of Saaremaa. The EIA program was prepared by Roheplaan. […]

Cloudberry postpones investment decision for Stenkalles Grund farm

Investor Cloudberry Clean Energy plans to build the Stenkalles Grund offshore wind farm in the waters of Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake. The company has postponed making a final investment decision until mid-2022. […]

Kallas: Estonian-Latvian offshore wind farm is a pioneering cooperation project in Europe

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas visited Latvia on 15th October. She met with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, with whom she discussed, among other things, on energy security. One of the topics discussed was offshore wind energy. […]

Hannes Snellman law firm to advise Metsähallitus on offshore wind farm project

Finnish-Swedish law firm Hannes Snellman will be engaged by Finnish state-owned company Metsähallitus in the Korsnäs offshore wind farm project. […]

The service base for PGE’s offshore farms will be built in Ustka The Letter of Intent has been signed

On October 21, representatives of Poland’s largest power producer PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, its subsidiary PGE Baltica and the city of Ustka signed a letter of intent to locate a service port for offshore wind farms in Ustka. […]

OX2 will build the Galatea-Galene wind farm in Kattegat waters

Swedish RES developer OX2 has announced that the company is currently applying for Natura 2000 permits for the Galatea-Galene offshore wind farm. The installation will be built in the waters of Kattegat, off the coasts of Falkenberg and Varberg. […]

The 10-year plan for the development of the Latvian electricity system includes investments of €401 million

Latvian transmission system operator Augstsprieguma tīkls AS (AST) has presented an investment plan worth up to €401 million. The operator’s aim until 2030 is to develop the transmission grid in terms of reliable energy supply and to increase integration of more RES sources. […]

Konkurentsiamet: Elering must ensure a level playing field for offshore wind farm developers

Hando Sutter, CEO of Estonian company Eesti Energia, addressed Konkurentsiamet, the Estonian Competition Authority, concerning offshore wind energy development. Sutter doubts that grid operator Elering is treating all market participants equally. […]

Lithuania has submitted a programme for the environmental impact assessment of offshore wind farm

On October 15, Lithuania’s energy ministry said that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) programme has been prepared for a wind power plant with a capacity of up to 700 MW. Now the relevant institutions have 10 days to submit comments and proposals. […]

Palanga municipality concerned about the impact of offshore wind farms on tourism and landscape

Šarūnas Vaitkus, the Mayor of Palanga, Lithuania, addressed the state authorities with a letter concerning doubts about the development of offshore wind farms. Local politicians are concerned about the negative impact of offshore windmills on the landscape as well as recreational and tourism potential. "We strongly disagree!" - Vaitkus stressed in the letter. Vaitkus' letter is cited by Lithuanian media, including Vakarine Palanga. Mayor of Palanga is concerned that offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea will adversely affect the development of local tourism. "Wind power plants to be installed in the sea, at the height of Klaipeda city and [...]

RWE Renewables is interested in investing in offshore wind sector in Lithuania

As we read on Klaipeda Port website, on 12 October there was a meeting of the port authorities with representatives of RWE Renewables investor. The two sides discussed offshore energy development in the Baltic Sea. […]

Finland should explore ways to improve competitiveness of offshore wind energy

A few days ago, the Swedish government announced that it had instructed operator Svenska Kraftnät to begin preparatory work before expanding the offshore transmission grid for offshore wind development. Sweden’s plans have been addressed by the Finnish Wind Power Association, which states in a release that if Finland is late in creating a value chain for the sector, other countries like Sweden will overtake it. […]

Denmark to investigate possible expansion of Bornholm energy island

Danish energy islands are set to be one of the landmark projects in Europe. One of them will be built in the Baltic Sea. Ultimately, the infrastructure project will be connected to offshore farms of up to 2 GW. Danish operator Energinet has been ordered by the government to extend its current feasibility studies for plans covering 3 GW of capacity. This has to do with problems at the Hesselø offshore wind farm project, for which alternative sites are being sought. […]

The Swedish Government to contract Svenska Kraftnat to develop offshore grid

The Swedish Government plans to contract electricity system operator Svenska Kraftnät to expand the transmission network in the country’s offshore areas. The development of offshore wind power will support Sweden’s efforts to meet its 2040 RES energy production targets. […]

We are analyzing business opportunities in terms of investments in the Polish offshore wind sector, states Michał Obiegała, BP

In September we reported on BalticWind.EU that energy concern bp is interested in investing in the Polish offshore wind energy sector. This was communicated by Michał Obiegała, Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager and Legal Counsel at BP, during the Economic Forum in Karpacz. Today the representative of BP Poland answers our questions. Obiegała stresses that Poland is placed high on the bp Capital Group’s list of priorities for offshore wind. […]

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Lithuania holds talks on construction of second offshore wind farm with capacity of 700 MW

Vice-Minister of Energy of Lithuania Daiva Garbaliauskaitė attended the international conference “Baltic Offshore Wind Transmission” and a study visit to Denmark. During the event in Warsaw, she informed that the Ministry of Energy, together with the grid operator, is holding talks on the possibility of building a second offshore wind farm. With the development of windmills on the Baltic Sea, Lithuania envisages the production of ecological hydrogen. […]

Cloudberry wants to develop 2.5 GW wind farms in the Baltic Sea

Nordic company Cloudberry is planning to strengthen its business portfolio in the area of offshore wind energy. The target of the independent developer is the Baltic Sea. The Nordic renewable energy producer has hired Charlotte Bergqvist, who will assist Cloudberry in exploring investment opportunities. Cloudberry is an Oslo-based company active in the renewable energy market in the Nordic countries. It owns, develops and operates hydropower plants and wind farms in Norway and Sweden. Cloudberry also has an office in Karlstad, Sweden, which is located by the country's largest lake, Lake Wener. The developer has plans to build the 100 MW [...]

A chance of cooperation between Lithuania and Poland in offshore wind? Ignitis and PKN Orlen talks in progress

On October 8 a ceremonial meeting of the Polish government and the PKN Orlen company with representatives of the Lithuanian government was held in Mažeikiai, Lithuania. A new investment of Orlen in the form of deep crude oil processing in the refinery was announced. On the occasion of the meeting the representatives of both sides talked about the chances of cooperation in offshore wind energy sector. The Mažeikiai refinery is the most important asset of Orlen Lietuva, a subsidiary of PKN Orlen. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin announced the new investment worth EUR 600 million, [...]

Denmark considers new location for Hesselø offshore farm, Baltic Sea is among alternatives

The Danish Energy Agency has launched an analysis of alternative areas for the Hesselø offshore wind farm, which will be built as part of the 2018 Danish Energy Agreement. Preliminary studies of the seabed have shown that the originally assumed area has a soft clay bottom. If the seabed is found to be completely unfavorable, the farm could be built elsewhere. The Hesselø offshore wind farm is one of three offshore installations to be built under the 2018 energy agreement. In it, it was decided to build large-scale offshore wind farms of at least 800 MW each by 2030. [...]

Litgrid’s board has approved the strategy. Plans aim to integrate 1.4 GW of energy from offshore farms

Lithuanian electricity system operator Litgrid announced that the board of directors has approved a strategy for the development of the electricity transmission system. The plan envisages the evolution of this strategic organization and the integration of 4.9 GW of installed RES, including offshore wind, into the system. Litgrid's strategy until 2030 is oriented towards, among other things, state-of-the-art technological and digital solutions, sustainable energy development, as well as opportunities for market participants to freely exchange electricity at a competitive price. The strategy provides a long-term vision for Litgrid's development to become one of the most technologically intelligent electricity system operators [...]

Public consultation on Korsnäs offshore wind farm project begins in December

Finnish company Metsähallitus has announced that the developer of the Korsnäs wind farm will hold its first meetings with local residents in early December 2021. This will be the second offshore wind farm operating in Finland. The local dialogue with residents is about the offshore wind farm that will be installed near the municipality of Korsnäs, 15 km off its coast. The municipality approved the draft plans for the offshore farm in the fall of 2020. Now it's time for discussions with residents. The planning work, the permitting process and the construction of the wind farm could take several [...]

A key moment for Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle. Ostwind 2 project receives final approval

German electricity system operator 50Hertz announced that it has received the final, long-awaited approval for its Ostwind 2 infrastructure project in mid-September 2021. The operator received the decision for a 700-meter cable section connecting the Arcadis Ost 1 transformer platform. Ostwind 2 is a project by German operator 50Hertz designed to connect the Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle offshore wind farms to the German transmission grid. For this purpose, three offshore cable systems are being laid in the Baltic Sea. The cable routes are 85 km (Baltic Eagle) and 95 km (Arcadis Ost 1) long. They start at the [...]

Dillinger delivered 45,000 tons of heavy plates for Kriegers Flak project

September 6 proved to be a milestone for the Baltic Sea as the 604 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm project was officially inaugurated. German steelmaker Dillinger boasted that it was the company that supplied the 45,000 tons of heavy plate needed for the monopiles used in the Kriegers Flak project. The popular Kriegers Flak project is an offshore wind power system in the Baltic Sea consisting of three wind farms. Each is located in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of Denmark, Sweden and Germany, with a total area of 132 km2. The Danish Kriegers Flak farm is located [...]

Skepast&Puhkim to prepare environmental impact assessment for Liivi wind farm

Estonian energy company Eesti Energia has announced that work has begun on the environmental impact assessment of the Liivi offshore wind farm, which will be built in the waters of the Gulf of Riga. A consulting firm Skepast&Puhkim is responsible for preparing the assessment. The Liivi offshore wind farm will be located about 10 km from the island of Kihnu and 16 km from the city of Häädemeeste. The capacity of the installation will reach 1 GW and consist of 50-100 wind turbines. However, as we read on the project's website, this number may decrease as the turbine technology develops. [...]

Windmill expansion in the Baltic Sea requires international cooperation on bird conservation

BirdLife International, a global federation of organizations dedicated to the conservation of wild bird species, has prepared a complex study on the impact of offshore wind farms on bird populations in the Baltic and North Seas. The key is marine spatial planning, based on scientific research and expert knowledge. The report „Impact of offshore wind development on seabirds in the North Sea and Baltic Sea: Identification of data sources and at-risk species” states that Europe has a significant number of breeding and wintering seabirds. Many of them make annual long-distance migrations between their breeding and wintering grounds and seasonal journeys [...]

Green Investment Group takes over Kattegatt offshore farm project in Sweden

Leading renewable energy developer Green Investment Group (GIG), has acquired the rights to the Kattegatt offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Falkenberg Municipality in the Halland region of Sweden. Green Investment Group, owned by investment giant Macquarie, has acquired the rights to the Kattegatt offshore wind farm from investor Agrivind AB. The 260 MW wind project will have the capacity to supply electricity to approximately 95,000 households. Once operational, the project is estimated to reduce Sweden's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 49 kt CO2 per year. Sweden has set a goal of producing 100 percent of its [...]

1.5 GW Skåne wind farm to be built in the Baltic Sea

Danish wind industry tycoon Ørsted has plans to build a 1.5 GW Skåne offshore wind farm. It has already completed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project - documents are awaiting approval. The Skåne offshore wind farm will be located about 22 kilometers south of Skåne. The electricity will be able to cover half of Skåne's demand. The wind farm will play an important role in the region's electricity supply - it can supply power to approximately 700,000 households per year. The project area covers 450 km2, where the conditions for wind power are very good. The application [...]

Obstacles on Polish way to 11 GW offshore wind energy (RELATION)

BalticWind.EU was an institutional patron of the 7th Energy Congress organised by the think-tank DISE Energy. Our representative, Managing Director Paweł Wróbel, together with industry representatives and experts from the offshore wind sector, discussed the development of offshore wind energy in Poland. They all agreed that the road to the planned 11 GW is still long, but also full of challenges Kamila Tarnacka, Vice President of the Polish Wind Energy Association summed up the state of offshore wind energy development in terms of regulations. The market basis was the adoption of the Act on the Promotion of Energy Production [...]

Wind Denmark calls for green energy policy plan

Danish wind energy association Wind Denmark presented a series of proposals to accelerate the expansion of wind and solar power at the Vindtræf 2021 industry conference. Denmark needs huge amounts of energy from RES to meet its growing electricity demand by 2030. "Wind Denmark estimates that 70-110 billion kWh of electricity will be needed in 2030 if Denmark wants to meet its climate targets and realize its business potential as an exporter of green energy and PtX (Power-to-X) products. This would mean the need to produce 3-4 times more renewable wind and solar energy in 2030 than is currently in [...]

Plans to speed up construction of offshore wind farms emerge in Finland

The time for offshore wind farms is approaching in Finland – say experts at Helsinki-based law firm Castrén & Snellman. In Finland, there are plans to accelerate the construction of offshore wind farms, among others by reducing the property tax rate. […]

The offshore wind energy potential in Germany exceeds 60 GW

The German OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE foundation has prepared an analysis of the demand and potential for the production of green hydrogen in combination with offshore wind energy in Germany. Calculations show that based on the new maritime spatial development plan, more than 60 GW of offshore capacity can be installed if all available options are used. […]

Local authorities and the military are against a wind farm off the south coast of Sweden

The developer Kustvind plans to build the Sydkustens wind farm in the waters of the Baltic Sea, 8-15 km from the coast in the territorial sea within the municipalities of Skurup and Trelleborg. Local authorities object to the offshore farm. According to the Swedish media, the investor will have to look for a new place for the installation. […]

During the pandemic, the level of underwater noise in the Baltic Sea decreased

In 2020, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) recorded the lowest levels of underwater noise in the German part of the Baltic Sea since measurements began in 2013. […]

The development of offshore wind must take into account the climate changes in the Baltic Sea region

The study “Baltic Sea Climate Change Fact Sheet 2021” presents the latest scientific knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea region. Changing climatic conditions have an impact on the Baltic ecosystem, which should be of interest to the offshore wind energy industry. […]

The German plan for the development of the EEZ in the Baltic and North Seas has entered into force

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Interior (BMI) announced that on September 1, 2021, the site development plan for the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea has entered into force. It defines an area for offshore farms with a total capacity of up to 40 GW. […]

The contract for Petrel Explorer for works in the Baltic Sea was extended once again

In June, we informed that the Norwegian seismic research company Green Energy Group (SeaBird Exploration Plc) will execute its first contract in the offshore wind energy sector. The contract covers the charter of the Petrel Explorer vessel, that is, a floating hotel. The company announced another contract extension. […]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hendrikson & KO and Pondera Consult will carry out a preliminary feasibility study for the ELWIND

The Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communications announced the selection of a contractor for a preliminary feasibility study for the ELWIND offshore wind farm project. Hendrikson & KO and Pondera Consult will take on the challenges. […]

The first electricity from the Utposten 2 wind farm could flow in 2025

Anders Sandin asked the editorial board of Gefle Dagblad questions about offshore wind energy in Sweden. “I think no one is against offshore wind energy, but many are against destroying the environment to save it,” he says. Svea Wind Offshore relates in response to the implementation of the Utposten 2 project. […]

By |September 20th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Germany, subsequent auctions for offshore wind energy have been concluded

The German regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) has announced the results of the first offshore wind auction using the “central model”. New wind farms in the Baltic and North Seas will be built by EDF and RWE. […]

By |September 17th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Giles Dickson: Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal is a great example of government-industry collaboration

On 15 September, representatives of the Polish government, business, companies, financial and research institutions signed a sector deal on offshore wind energy. The agreement is to become the basis for building a new industry in Poland. Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, said a few words about this initiative in a special commentary for BalticWind.EU. […]

Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal – a milestone for a new industry in Poland

September 15 is a landmark date for the Polish offshore wind energy sector. On that day, the sector deal was signed to develop a new industry. The document was signed by about 200 signatories, but the Polish government is already encouraging more entities to join the agreement. […]

Offshore wind energy in Poland – challenges and threats (REPORT)

2021 turned out to be a breakthrough for the Polish offshore wind energy industry. The first legal regulations for the sector appeared, the Energy Regulatory Office granted support for five projects in the Baltic Sea. The industry in Poland is no longer asking whether offshore wind energy will be developed, but how it will be implemented in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. One of the debates was attended by our representative Paweł Wróbel, Managing Director of BalticWind.EU. […]

Michał Kurtyka: We want the greatest possible participation of Polish entrepreneurs in the development of offshore wind energy sector

The energy potential of the Polish part of the Baltic Sea is considered to be one of the largest in the region. For this reason, offshore wind energy will be a key tool enabling the construction of a modern, zero-emission and safe energy system – says Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment in an interview with BalticWind.EU. […]

By |September 15th, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The BP Polska concern is interested in investments in the offshore wind energy sector

The BP energy concern is interested in investing in the Polish offshore wind energy sector. This was announced by Michał Obiegała, director of corporate affairs of BP Poland, during the Economic Forum in Karpacz. […]

DNV: The offshore wind energy market in Poland is evolving and our role is to support it

The independent assurance company DNV was selected to certify the Baltic Power offshore wind farm project – one of the first offshore wind farms in Poland. We talk with company representatives about the prospects for the development of this sector in the Baltic Sea, the challenges of the newly emerging offshore wind market and the essence of the certification in the process of building wind farms. […]

What will the offshore wind industry be talking about in the fall?

The period of vacations and holiday trips is slowly coming to an end, and the conference season and the upcoming fall are taking shape ahead of us. Our editorial staff of BalticWind.EU noticed that despite the holiday season, the offshore wind energy industry did not slow down and is optimistic about the coming years. What topics will dominate in the coming months? Here are our editorial four. […]

By |August 31st, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |

Michal Olszewski: The offshore wind construction projects are exposed to various risks

– The insurers must take into account many more potential risks – such as the risk related to the use of vessels, heavy cranes or e.g. the risk associated with varying wave heights. Due to the above-described reasons, the insurance market has created insurance terms and conditions dedicated and specific to offshore wind construction and operation projects – explains in an interview with BalticWind.EU Michal Olszewski, Energy Power and Mining Director and insurance/reinsurance broker in GrECo Polska. […]

By |August 30th, 2021|Categories: INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

High steel prices can hit the offshore wind energy

Steel is an essential element in the development of renewable energy sources - there is no doubt about that. However, its significantly increasing price may be reflected in higher wind project implementation costs. The coming years will be a test for wind developers and manufacturers of wind turbines components. The rise in steel prices, driven by factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, EU import tariffs, and plans to introduce a carbon tax in the sector, is suspenseful (steel producers account for around 10 percent of global CO2 emissions). There is pressure on steel producers to reduce pollutant emissions. Hence, huge [...]

By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Huisman will provide improved installation tools for the Orion ship

Huisman, a global supplier of technical solutions, has signed a contract with DEME to supply installation tools for the Orion vessel used in offshore wind energy. The Orion installation vessel will operate, among others, at the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in Germany in the Baltic Sea. Huisman and DEME specialists recently worked together to optimize the design of installation tools in terms of the safety and efficiency of monopile installations. The unique solution enables hands-free operation of monopiles by remote control. The lift is designed for the installation of new generation monopiles and can be extended to handle [...]

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Denmark has started environmental research at the energy island construction site

The Danish transmission operator Energinet has commissioned environmental studies to be carried out by Niras and Rambøll at the site of the two energy islands in the Baltic and North Seas. In the coming years, the populations of marine mammals, fish and birds during different seasons of the year are to be surveyed. Rambøll will conduct environmental studies in the Baltic Sea in waters where offshore wind turbines will be installed 20 kilometers off the south coast of Bornholm. Denmark plans to harvest 2 GW of power from offshore wind farms approximately 20 kilometers off the south coast of Bornholm. [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Germany has started consultations on the expansion of the electricity grid

The German regulator, the Federal Transmission Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur - BNetzA), started consultations in August for the second draft network development plan for its expansion until 2035. The BNetzA also presented its assessment of the infrastructure development. The power grid development plan for 2021-2035 includes measures to expand the German transmission network, which are necessary to ensure secure electricity supplies until 2035. The necessary offshore transmission links are also identified in the network development plan. These calculations are based on the federal government's goal of accelerating the development of renewable energy. The current process of grid expansion is based on [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Port of Klaipeda is already adapted to the offshore wind energy sector

The countries of the Baltic Sea region are fighting for a high share of domestic companies in the development of offshore wind farms. Ports will play an important role, as they will be burdened with efficient installations of offshore wind farms. This also applies to Lithuania, which has great aspirations in the offshore wind sector. BalticWind.EU asks the Port of Klaipeda about opportunities and development prospects in the context of the emerging offshore wind energy industry. Recently, BalticWind.EU has published many publications on the emerging offshore wind energy sector in Lithuania. We spoke to government decision-makers such as Deputy Minister [...]

By |August 20th, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |

Experts from Société Générale to advise PGE on financing the Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 farms

The Polish state-owned company PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna has selected a financial advisor to arrange and obtain financing for the construction of the Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 offshore wind farms. It is the French investment bank Société Générale. The selection of the financial advisor was carried out on the basis of the Polish public procurement law in the form of sectoral negotiations with publication. 5 contractors submitted their requests to participate in the procedure. The Polish investor emphasizes that cooperation with an institution with an established position on the European financial market, such as Société Générale, proves that [...]

Hydrogen electrolysis at sea. Germany consults the criteria for assessing marine projects

On August 11, 2021, the German Ministry of Economy and Energy presented a draft regulation on the designation of other areas in the exclusive economic zone for energy production. This is about producing green hydrogen in Germany, where offshore wind power will play a major role. As we read on the website of the ministry, the German government has started a series of consultations with federal states and industry associations on the new regulations. The draft has not yet been finalized by the federal government. Comments can be submitted until August 25th. The Offshore Wind Energy Act (WindSeeG) contains [...]

New offshore wind regulations in Poland may exclude foreign companies

The Polish media reached the unofficial version of the ordinance of the Minister of Infrastructure on the assessment of applications submitted in the adjudication proceedings regarding, among others, the requirements that must be met by companies investing in offshore wind farms in Poland. The new regulations may exclude foreign and private concerns from investing in offshore wind energy in Poland. The Lewiatan Confederation, a business organization representing the interests of employers in Poland, referred to the matter. According to the unofficial version of the regulation, which the entire industry is waiting for, private and foreign companies will not be [...]

Polish recreational fishermen are concerned about the development of offshore wind farms

In countries planning the development of offshore wind farms, representatives of the fishing sector often protest loudly. Fishermen fear that the development of wind turbines will deprive them of their livelihood – wind turbines may be built in fishing areas or may limit their development. Similar voices are being raised not only in Estonia, but also in Poland. Not so long ago, we wrote in BalticWind.EU that in May 2021, the Estonian government presented a maritime spatial development project for public evaluation. Mart Undrest, the head of the Estonian Fishermen Association, referred to the plans for the development of offshore energy [...]

By |August 17th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Public consultations for the Triton offshore wind farm project off the coast of Skåne are ongoing

Swedish investor OX2 plans to build a wind farm off the coast of Skåne, less than 30 km south of Ystad in the Swedish economic zone. Public consultations on the project are currently underway. […]

The EIA fot the Lithuanian wind farm will focus on the monitoring of bird migration

During the implementation of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for wind farms planned in the Lithuanian sea area, special attention will be paid to monitoring bird migration, which must cover two seasons – from summer to winter, informs the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy. […]

By |August 12th, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Lithuanian government has adopted a conclusion on offshore wind energy

The Lithuanian Ministry of Energy announced that on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, the government supported the ministry’s motion to adopt regulations supporting the development of offshore wind energy. The regulations concern the conditions for the main tender and the scope of the contest winner’s liability. […]

Finland: The best way to promote wind energy is to improve the regulatory process

Research conducted by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment shows that the best way to promote the development of wind energy is to streamline and define regulatory procedures for the production of wind energy both onshore and offshore. […]

By |August 10th, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The expansion of the Tahkoluoto offshore farm could have a negative impact on the environment

The Finnish medium Yle reports that plans to expand the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm (42 GW) in the waters of the Gulf of Bothnia could harm the environment. This is the result of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried out for the extension project. […]

The main installation port for offshore wind energy in Poland will be built in Gdynia

On July 30, the Polish Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on an installation terminal for offshore wind farms, submitted by the Minister of Infrastructure. The government wants to create the main port facilities to support offshore wind farms at the Port of Gdynia. […]

By |August 9th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The local content indicator in Polish wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea can reach as much as 50 percent

Polish decision-makers have long emphasized the issue of the involvement of Polish companies in the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. A report has been prepared which shows that the current potential of local content in the supply chain for offshore wind energy is estimated at 20-25 percent for projects that will be developed in the first stage (5.9 GW) and at approximately 45-50 percent in the next decade. […]

By |August 5th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |

BalticWind.EU – despite the holiday period, the offshore wind sector is not slowing down

Dear Readers, two months of operation of the BalticWind.EU platform are behind us. We are very pleased that more and more readers are coming every day. Despite the holiday season, the industry is not slowing down and in July there was a lot of interesting information about the offshore wind energy sector in the Baltic Sea. […]

By |August 4th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , |

The preliminary feasibility study for ELWIND – a Latvian-Estonian offshore wind farm will be developed

A public procurement notice for the construction of an Estonian-Latvian offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea has appeared in the Estonian Public Procurement Register. The tender concerns the implementation of the ELWIND feasibility study. […]

Peter van Dalen: The proper involvement of fishers must be the precondition for co-existence with OWF

Dutch MEP Peter van Dalen answers BalticWind.EU’s questions on cooperation between fishermen and emerging offshore wind industry. On July 7, 2021, Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the impact of offshore wind farms and other renewable energy systems on the fisheries sector. […]

Offshore Wind Foundations Alliance goes public. Members are already active in the Baltic Sea

New offshore wind alliance in Brussels! Five European companies have formed the Offshore Wind Foundations Alliance (OWFA), aiming to inform about the importance and relevance of offshore wind foundations and ensure the sustainability of the offshore wind supply chain. BalticWind.EU asks about alliance activity in the Baltic Sea region. […]

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |

The tender for the environmental impact assessment of offshore farms in Lithuania may be completed soon

As reported by the Baltic Sea news agency BNS, an international tender for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for wind turbines in the Lithuanian part of the Baltic Sea should end soon. […]

Iberdrola and Svea Vind Offshore have submitted their first applications for the Gretas Klackar 2 farm

The Spanish developer Iberdrola announced in a report on the financial results for the first half of 2021 that it has already submitted applications for the Gretas Klackar 2 offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. […]

Will the Sõrve wind farm be bigger? The developer wants to increase the power

It looks like developer Saare Wind Energy will build a much larger farm in Estonian waters near Saaremaa Island. The Sõrve wind farm will have increased capacity from 600 to 1400 MW – at least this is what the investor wants. […]

By |July 27th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|Tags: , , , , , , |

Offshore wind energy can benefit the environment, but needs to be developed skillfully

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsforeningen), the largest and oldest environmental association in Sweden, presented a report on the development of wind energy in Sweden. Wind energy has many advantages – it is competitive and has minimal impact on the climate. But a strong expansion of wind energy also means many difficult challenges, not only related to location, but also the environment – after all, renewable energy sources are developed for this purpose. […]

The Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency will investigate noise levels in offshore wind development zones

The Environmental Protection Agency, together with scientists from the University of Klaipeda and the Center for Life Sciences, will conduct a joint project aimed at proposing measures to reduce eutrophication, water litter, underwater noise pollution and recommendations for marine monitoring. To achieve this goal, the Agency plans to implement 5 actions until 2023. […]

NATO routinely assesses security trends in the Baltic Sea, including threats to energy infrastructure

The energy transformation of the Baltic Sea countries also began to encompass maritime areas. Energy infrastructure in the form of wind farms poses security challenges. NATO indicates in a commentary to BalticWind.EU that it is observing trends in the Baltic Sea, including those related to critical infrastructure. […]

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: , , , , , |

Lithuania is looking for a way to create a hydrogen economy. Will it take into account offshore wind energy?

The Lithuanian Ministry of Energy is looking for a contractor for extensive and in-depth research on the development and use of hydrogen until 2050. This country is watching other countries in the Baltic Sea region that are developing, among others, offshore wind energy and plan to use energy from the farms to produce hydrogen. […]

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , , , , , |

Public consultations of the Hexicon and Aker Offshore Wind offshore wind projects are ongoing

Norwegian offshore wind energy developer Aker Offshore Wind announced in a report on financial results for the second quarter of 2021 that public consultations on wind farm projects in the waters of the Baltic and North Sea are currently underway. […]

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS, SWEDEN|Tags: , , , , , , |

The European Parliament gives alarm on the impact of offshore wind farms on fishing

Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution of July 7, 2021 on the impact of offshore wind farms and other renewable energy systems on the fisheries sector. The document stresses the need to avoid possible negative and long-term impacts of offshore wind turbines on certain ecosystems, fish stocks and biodiversity, and consequently on the entire fisheries. […]

By |July 20th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|Tags: , , , , , |

How the power systems of the future will look like? The answer is offshore grids

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a global technology leader which is committed to powering good for a sustainable energy future, with pioneering and digital technologies, as the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid. BalticWind.EU asked a technology giant about the prospects for offshore wind energy development in the Baltic Sea. […]

Morten Petersen: We need to simplify arduous permitting procedures and push for collaboration

On 1st July members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) debated a draft report by Morten Petersen on the European Union’s strategy for offshore renewable energy. We are asking the Danish Member of European Parliament for a comment on the report. […]

By |July 14th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS, REGULATORY|Tags: , , , , |

Swedish municipalities’ veto for wind projects only at the beginning of the investment

Sweden’s environment ministry has focused on municipalities’ right to object to the construction of wind farms. For this purpose, a special team was set up to study the consequences of its removal or to present a different alternative. It turned out that the optimal proposal was presented against the previous concerns of many circles. […]

By |July 14th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|Tags: , , , , |

Aistis Radavičius: The biggest challenge is the misconception of offshore wind energy as an expensive form of electricity

Today, our editorial team recommends a special comment from the independent renewable energy expert Aistis Radavičius for BalticWind.EU. Radavičius explained that there are already many international and Lithuanian companies in the Klaipeda port that operate in the offshore business, but mostly have contracts outside Lithuania in other countries that develop offshore energy sector. “And in Lithuania, it is a wait-and-see game for now” he said. […]

By |July 8th, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

William Beuckelaers: OffshoreWind4Kids – the best way to learn offshore wind energy by doing

OffshoreWind4Kids is a workshop introducing children to the world of renewable energy, in particular offshore wind energy. The energy transition will not be achieved without the participation of the public and qualified personnel. Learning about offshore wind energy can start in childhood – the author of OffshoreWind4Kids proves it perfectly. BalticWind.EU posed William Beuckelaers a few questions. […]

By |July 7th, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Andris Vanags: Latvia could have 15 GW installed in offshore wind energy, but many steps need to be taken

Latvia also wants to join the peloton of countries developing offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. As it turns out, the country's potential is large. We ask Andris Vanags, head of the Latvian Wind Energy Association, about the perspectives for the new industry. LWEA has been the voice of the wind industry in Latvia since 1998, actively promoting wind energy in the country. The wind energy potential in Latvia is significant for both onshore and offshore wind energy sector. Latvia has 78.6 MW of capacity and has not built any new wind farms since 2012, according to WindEurope. [...]

By |July 5th, 2021|Categories: LATVIA, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Stefan Thimm: IPCEI can help with European cooperation in the field of offshore wind energy sector and green hydrogen

Stefan Thimm, Managing Director of BWO, comments to BalticWind.EU on the German maritime spatial zoning plan and potential of offshore wind development on Baltic Sea from Germany side. Germany is one of the leaders in offshore wind energy development in the Baltic Sea. Wind power plants are already operating in German waters. Stefan Thimm, Managing Director of BWO said that Germany sees a huge potential in the offshore wind sector in the Baltic Sea as offshore wind helps to deliver German climate goals and create good jobs. - Therefore, we as the BWO have been criticizing for a long [...]

By |July 2nd, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS|

Environmental associations warn against the industrialization of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

Nine environmental organizations made a joint statement on the draft land use plan in Germany. They state unanimously that it is necessary to develop maritime areas, but in a more sustainable way. The environmental organizations BUND, DEEPWAVE, DNR, Fair Oceans, Greenpeace and NABU, Wadden Sea Conservation Station, Whale & Dolphin Conservation and WWF are calling in a joint statement for the sustainable use of Germany's seas without endangering protected areas. - The German North Sea and the Baltic Sea are already among the most industrialized maritime areas in the world and their ecological condition is poor. The new Maritime [...]

By |July 2nd, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

BUND calls for limiting the expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany

BUND, the German non-profit environmental organization, is calling for the reduction of offshore wind energy expansion in Germany to 15 GW over the next ten years. He underlines that while the energy transformation is justified, it should be carried out with respect for the marine environment. In 2020, the German government adopted an amendment to the offshore wind energy act, which sets new targets for capacity expansion by 20 GW until 2030 and 40 GW until 2040. The federal government is currently working on a new maritime spatial development plan that aims to integrate the requirements for the maritime [...]

By |July 1st, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

24Sea will help Parkwind monitor the condition of the foundations in Arcadis Ost 1

Belgian offshore wind energy developer Parkwind developing the Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm in Germany chose 24Sea as a supplier of systems for monitoring the condition of wind turbine foundations. The offshorewind.biz portal informed about the investor's decision. 24Sea has over 10 years of experience in analysing the dynamics of wind structures, signal processing, system identification and structure condition monitoring using data mining techniques. The company will be responsible for the implementation of engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the structural condition monitoring system for wind turbine foundations installed within the Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm in the waters [...]

By |June 30th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: |

Magnora increases its stake in the Kustvind AB project in the Baltic Sea

Norwegian renewable energy sources developer Magnora has announced that it has increased its stake to 24 percent in the Kustvind offshore wind energy project in the Baltic Sea. The project is currently in the process of obtaining permits. Several environmental studies have already been carried out on the population of cranes and bats. Currently, the results are analysed by experts. Network analyses were also carried out to prepare the farm's connection to regional and national networks. A public consultation has also already started. Torstein Sanness, president of the board of Magnora, said the wind farm could provide energy to [...]

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|

HVDC multi-terminal networks and their technological integration are the key to offshore wind development

ENTSO-E, T&D Europe and WindEurope have published a joint report on the development of HVDC systems in the context of offshore wind energy. Technical problems in integrating a large number of, for example, converter stations from different suppliers are a challenge. It is crucial to ensure the interoperability of technologies. At the beginning, it is worth explaining that HVDC transmission systems will form the basis of future smart power grids referred to as Smart Grid. HVDC cables are already installed all over the world today. The creation of such a network is aimed at increasing system security and energy [...]

By |June 28th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS, REGULATORY|Tags: |

Equinor hopes to open up more areas for offshore wind energy

The representative of the Norwegian Equinor indicates that there are too few sea areas intended for the development of wind energy on a global scale. In order to achieve climate goals, governments should make more of such space available for the development of wind turbines. Anders Opedal, CEO of Eqinor, a global leader in offshore wind energy sector and the world's leading developer of floating offshore farms, spoke about the future of the sector in an interview with Reuters. He stated that countries around the world should make more sea available for the development of offshore wind energy. They [...]

By |June 28th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|Tags: |

Offshore wind energy is welcomed by Lithuanians, but little known

Ignitis Renewables commissioned the research center "Rinkos tyrimų centras" to conduct an opinion poll on the development of energy in Lithuania. It turns out that, according to the respondents, offshore energy is welcomed, but little known by the inhabitants. Most of the respondents believe that the most developed energy sources in Lithuania should be, first of all, "green" in the future. We are talking about wind and solar energy. 80 percent of respondents indicated that solar energy in Lithuania should be developed or intensively developed. 76 percent support the development of onshore wind energy. Only 2-3 percent of respondents [...]

By |June 28th, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Estonian fishermen are skeptical about offshore wind energy

In May, the Estonian government presented to the public the offshore development project for evaluation. Mart Undrest, the head of the Estonian Fishermen's Association, referred to the plans for the development of offshore energy in the Estonian media. They are afraid of destroying fisheries. In May 2021, the Estonian Ministry of Finance presented to the public the maritime spatial development plan. As we read on the ministry's website, the aim of the document is to agree on the principles of using the Estonian sea in the long term, while maintaining the current state of the marine environment and promoting the [...]

By |June 25th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

German BSH has selected geotechnical research companies for the offshore wind sector

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH – Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) has selected two companies, Fugro and Ramboll, to carry out geotechnical investigations of the undersea areas in terms of the development of future offshore wind farm areas. The Dutch company Fugro, specializing in geological research, announced in May that it had won a tender for many years of geotechnical research of areas where offshore wind farms will be developed. The activities are expected to last 3 years in three stages. They will be carried out in five areas within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Germany [...]

By |June 24th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|Tags: |

Fingrid presented a draft grid development plan

Finnish electricity system operator Fingrid has published a draft grid development plan for 2022-2031. The document raises the forecasts for the growth of wind power energy. The document is based on regional grid plans, prepared in cooperation with the operator's partners and customers. Project feedback and comments can be sent to Fingrid until August 31, 2021. As the operator points out in the press release, one of Fingrid's main tasks is to develop the electricity grid to meet the needs of customers and society. The long-term development of the grid ensures that the transmission infrastructure as well as the [...]

By |June 23rd, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Urtė Daškevičiūtė: Offshore wind power will have a substantial impact on Lithuanian wind energy market

Lithuania has great ambitions to develop offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. The report indicates 4.5 GW of the potential for the development of wind turbines in Lithuanian waters. We asked the Lithuanian Wind Power Association (Lietuvos vėjo elektrinių asociacija) about the challenges facing the industry in the context of wind energy developed in the Baltic Sea. BalticWind.EU's questions were answered by Urtė Daškevičiūtė – Assistant and Acting Director LWPA. The representative of the industry association explains in a commentary that in 2018, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania has approved the National Energy Independence Strategy. Looking [...]

By |June 23rd, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Nordic TSOs have been working on strategy for wind energy development

Four Scandinavian transmission network operators - Energinet, Fingrid, Statnett and Svenska Kraftnät - are working on the development plan for the Nordic TSO Strategy until 2030. The document focuses on the development of wind energy in countries and sector integration. Works on the strategy started in autumn 2020. A webinar was organized in March 2021, followed by the official launch of a public consultation that ran from March 12 to April 16, 2021. Fingrid thanked all parties who took part in the consultation in the announcement. Operators are to take into account all comments when working on the strategy. [...]

By |June 22nd, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|Tags: |

Virginijus Sinkevičius: EU has the most ambitious offshore renewables target worldwide

European Commission has adopted new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU. We ask Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries about the role of offshore wind as well as how to coordinate renewables development in the Baltic Sea region while taking into account environmental protection. What are the main challenges facing Europe's blue economy after the COVID-19 pandemic? Like all economic sectors, the blue economy in the EU has been affected greatly by the COVID-19 crisis. The economic impact of the pandemic has varied widely across the EU and the same is true of recovery prospects. Some [...]

By |June 21st, 2021|Categories: INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

Eesti Energia accuses the network operator of being biased towards the offshore wind energy sector

As reported by the Estonian media, Eesti Energia, which plans to build an offshore wind farm with Danish Ørsted, accuses the Estonian operator of partiality in the development of the electricity network. In the opinion of Hando Sutter, the head of Eesti Energia, the operator did not include the wind farm project planned by the Estonians and the Danes in its vision of the development of the electricity grid in the Baltic Sea. This raises questions about equal treatment of the parties interested in the development of the electricity grid. Let us recall that on April 26, 2021, Ørsted [...]

By |June 18th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Offshore wind sector in Estonia with low environmental impact, there are concerns about noise and fish

In the pages of the Estonian ERR website, Juhan Hellerma writes about development plans for offshore wind energy in Estonia. It turns out that the expected environmental impact of marine installations may be much lower than originally predicted. The Estonian land use plan designates three sea areas for the development of offshore wind farms. In addition to these areas, offshore wind energy sector can be developed in Estonian waters covering 6.7 percent of the country's area. The first area is, of course, the Gulf of Riga, for which they have plans, among others Estonian Enefit Green and Danish Ørsted, [...]

By |June 18th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|

An assessment of the nature value of the area for the Korsnäs offshore farm has started

Recently, at BalticWind.EU we informed that the Finnish forestry company Metsähallitus is planning to build the Korsnäs offshore wind farm, which will be located 15 km from the coast of the municipality of the same name in the waters of the Baltic Sea. Environmental research has already started in the farm area. Metsähallitus announces that the nature studies necessary for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Korsnäs Offshore Wind Farm have started. Herring spawning grounds and bird migration routes are examined. Alleco, a subcontractor of ADRY Finland, a consulting partner of Metsähallitus, is responsible for the research of [...]

By |June 17th, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Swedish developer of floating wind platforms will go public

According to the Swedish media, the wind company Hexicon plans to debut on the stock exchange. On June 4, 2021, it announced its intention to conduct an offer to sell its own auctions. The prospectus has already been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. The entity specializes in the development of floating wind platforms. The listing is to give the company greater development opportunities in the wind energy sector. Trading in the company's shares is scheduled to begin on June 18 on the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market. The offer is aimed at institutional investors in Sweden [...]

By |June 17th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|Tags: |

Offshore wind energy may make southern Sweden independent from energy imports

According to the Danish analytical centre Aegir Insights, offshore wind energy is a promising solution to Sweden's problem of electricity deficit in the south of the country.  According to data from Wind Europe, at the end of 2020, there are 5 offshore wind farms operating in Swedish waters with a total capacity of 192 MW, including 80 wind turbines. In practice, Sweden is limited in the offshore wind sector. Aegir Insights analysts indicate that much more energy is used in the southern part of Sweden than is produced in this region. The southern region accounts for 18 percent of [...]

By |June 16th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|Tags: |

Cooperation in the Baltic region is the cornerstone of the transformation of the Polish energy system

Poland may become one of the leaders in the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea, with a potential estimated at up to 28 GW until 2050. Adam Guibourgé - Czetwertyński, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment, said in his first video column for BalticWind.EU about the most important elements of the sector's development in Poland. Wind energy will play a special role in the decarbonisation of the Polish energy sector, currently dependent on coal. "The development of renewable energy sources is one of the key pillars of our new future and zero emission energy system that [...]

By |June 16th, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|Tags: |

There will be no offshore wind energy without access to strategic raw materials

The development of offshore wind energy, like other renewable energy sources, is associated with many challenges. Among them are resources and access to them. According to the report of the International Energy Agency, there is a discrepancy between climate ambitions and the availability of critical raw materials. Set targets for renewable energy on a global scale are associated with a sharp increase in demand for raw materials. Dr Fatih Birol, IEA's Executive Director, points out that neglecting this issue could slow down the development of technology and increase the cost of global progress towards zero-emission energy, and thus hamper [...]

By |June 15th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|

Polish operator is investing in the network necessary for the development of offshore wind energy sector

The development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea will not be possible without transmission infrastructure. The Polish power system operator Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne announced that until 2030 it will allocate PLN 4.5 billion (approximately EUR 1 billion) for the construction and modernization of stations and transmission lines in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. Until 2040, offshore wind farms in Poland will be able to supply the national power system with approximately 11 GW of power. Experts indicate that Poland's potential is much greater. This corresponds to approximately 20 percent of the entire production potential in Poland today. Companies investing [...]

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|Tags: |

Where is the place of wind power on the roadmap to climate neutrality in 2050?

Decarbonising the energy sector and fighting climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has faced. Technologies, including wind energy, are to help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The roadmap for the energy sector to climate neutrality until 2050 was presented by the International Energy Agency. While more and more countries declare the goal of achieving total emission reductions in electricity production, it turns out that the proposed strategies are not sufficient to achieve climate neutrality until 2050. The International Energy Agency has presented the world's first comprehensive study that illustrates how to complete the energy transition while ensuring [...]

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Heidi Paalatie: Finland does see offshore wind potential, but co-existance with military radars needs to be solved

According to WindEurope, at the end of 2020, there were 19 offshore wind turbines connected to the Finnish electricity grid within three farms with a total capacity of 71 MW. The offshore wind potential in the Finnish part of the Baltic Sea is estimated at 8 GW (BEMIP). We asked the Finnish Wind Energy Association (Suomen Tuulivoimayhdistys) about the challenges facing the industry in the context of wind energy developed in the Baltic Sea.  The Finnish Wind Energy Association told BalticWind.EU, that Finland does see major potential in the offshore development in the Baltic Sea. "However, to construct on [...]

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Rasmus Errboe: Poland is emerging as the front runner in offshore wind energy sector in the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is one of the areas of interest for investors in the offshore wind energy sector, including Danish giant Ørsted. The Danes will develop two offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea in cooperation with the largest electricity producer. How does the company view the Polish market? We ask Rasmus Errboe, Senior Vice President Ørsted Offshore, Continental Europe.  Ørsted started its activity in Poland in 1990, which means that it knows very well the needs of the Polish energy sector. The Danes are involved in the construction of two offshore wind farms Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 [...]

By |June 10th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS|Tags: |

The offshore wind energy sector requires 172,000 employees to be trained until 2025

The Baltic Sea, like the rest of the world, will struggle with the challenge of the need for qualified personnel necessary for the development of offshore wind energy sector. Until 2025 alone, 480,000 employees trained globally according to the Global Wind Organization standards are required to meet the targets for the onshore and offshore sectors. One of the main topics of the current discussion in the offshore wind energy industry is human resources. There is a high risk that the global targets for the offshore wind sector will be delayed due to competency and staff shortages. The Global Wind [...]

By |June 9th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|

The first SeaBird Exploration contract in the Baltic Sea in the offshore wind sector

Norwegian seismic research company SeaBird Exploration Plc will execute its first contract in the offshore wind energy sector. The contract covers the charter of the Petrel Explorer vessel, i.e. a floating hotel [PR1]. The contract was implemented at the end of April 2021 and will last 4 months in the waters of the Baltic Sea. This is the company's first such contract in the offshore wind energy sector. The details of the agreement have not been given, the vessel itself will be operated for the purposes of the wind farm service. It was also not indicated which farm was [...]

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|

Eesti Energia wants to build an offshore wind farm, but needs a state guarantee

Not long ago, Eesti Energia started cooperation with the Danish tycoon Ørsted to build an offshore wind farm in the waters of the Gulf of Riga. The Estonian company stands by its plans, but would like the state to provide investment guarantees. The head of Eesti Energia, Hando Sutter, told the ERR portal about state guarantees in offshore wind energy sector. The future offshore wind investor points out that the country's inaction prevents the effective development of projects in this sector. In Sutter's view, the government should provide a guarantee that when the price of electricity falls below the [...]

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Save the date! The wind industry will meet in Bilbao

The European Wind Energy Association, Wind Europe, announced that the next annual wind industry meeting will be held in Bilbao, Spain. It is an excellent opportunity for representatives of the Baltic Sea wind industry to meet and exchange experiences. WindEurope Annual Event 2022 will be held on 5-7 April 2022 in a stationary mode, after one year of online events. The event will be a conference combined with an educational program. During the event, the latest achievements in the field of onshore and offshore wind energy will be presented. The previous edition of the event was also held in [...]

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: TOP NEWS|

The offshore Baltic Eagle farm will be equipped with Vestas turbines

In the German waters of the Baltic Sea, the Spanish developer Iberdrola will build the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm. The developer has signed a contract with the manufacturer Vestas for the supply of turbines and their service. Their installation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. The Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm will consist of 50 V174-9.5 MW turbines. For this purpose, Iberdrola and the Danish manufacturer Vestas have signed a contract for the supply of units and a separate service contract. Operational work will be carried out from the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen. [...]

By |June 4th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|Tags: |

Heerema prepares ships for the installation of wind turbines above 15 MW

On the pages of BalticWind.EU, we quoted the results of the analyzes of the IHS Markit center, according to which the current fleet of ships in the world is not adapted to the installation of new generation wind turbines. Analysts estimate that 15 MW wind turbines will appear on the offshore wind energy market within the next three years. Unfortunately, the current fleet of ships used to assemble wind turbines is not up to the job. The president of the Dutch company Heerema Marine Contractors, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, referred to the results of the analysis. Quoted by the SWZ [...]

By |June 4th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Giles Dickson: Offshore wind energy offers many economic benefits for the Baltic countries

Can offshore wind investments drive regional cooperation? What lessons must the Baltic countries learn for the future to successfully build farms?Which countries have a chance to be a leader in offshore wind in the Baltic Sea? Check our exclusive multi - threaded interview with Giles Dickson CEO of  Wind Europe. The Baltic Sea and offshore wind - will this combination change the future of the region? Can offshore wind investments drive regional cooperation? The EU wants to be climate neutral by 2050. This requires a rapid uptake of renewable energies across all Baltic countries. And it will drive offshore investments. Offshore wind energy offers [...]

By |June 3rd, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Finland’s national recovery and resilience plan envisages support for 6 GW in offshore wind and power-to-X

The European Commission has received the Finnish government's approved national recovery and resilience plan. The document includes support for offshore wind development in the Åland Islands region. According to the EC, Finland has requested financial assistance in the form of grants under the plan amounting to EUR 2.1 billion. The Finnish plan is part of Finland's sustainable development program. The country's national investment will be based on four pillars - green transformation, digitalization and the data-driven economy, employment and skills, and social and health services. Green transformation activities include research and investment. Support for the development of renewable energy [...]

By |June 3rd, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Ports at the center of offshore wind energy development. The necessary investments of EUR 6.5 billion

A port strategy and investments of EUR 6.5 billion until 2030 are needed, according to the latest WindEurope report. The goal of climate neutrality until 2050 requires a 25-fold increase in the currently installed capacity in offshore wind energy sector. Only until 2030, the capacity of offshore wind turbines will increase to 110 GW. Such ambitious goals will not come true without the port infrastructure. Ports connect the local supply chain, logistics and auxiliary infrastructure in the form of e.g. warehouses. Installation and service works are also carried out from the port throughout the life cycle of the wind farms. [...]

By |June 2nd, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|

Jerzy Buzek: Baltic Sea will greatly contribute to so much needed energy “wind of change” in the whole EU

What is the link between offshore wind development and Just Transition of coal regions? How to strengthen technological, industrial leadership and autonomy in the offshore wind sector in the European Union? Can EU funds support the local content of offshore wind supply chain? We are talking to Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, former President of the European Parliament and Chair of ITRE Committee. Just Transition and offshore wind – what do these two areas have in common? They are both an integral and essential elements of the European Green Deal, which is perhaps the most ambitious economic, technological [...]

By |June 2nd, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Equinor chose Łeba as an operations and maintenance base for Polish projects in the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea will be enriched with another service port - according to the announcements of Polish decision-makers and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan of Poland, it will be Łeba. The Norwegian Equinor has announced that it has purchased a plot of land in this city, on which a maintenance and service base will be built. In Poland, the issue of establishing ports for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms is being considered. According to the announcements of Polish decision-makers, Gdynia will be the main installation port, while Łeba and Ustka will be service ports. The concept [...]

By |June 1st, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|

Offshore wind energy sector and ports among the key elements of the EU’s blue economy

In May 2021, the European Commission proposed a new approach to the blue economy, which is of key importance in the EU's climate policy, in particular in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal. The maritime economy has grown in importance in recent years in the era of EU decarbonisation policies. It covers industries and sectors related to the seas and oceans. Its individual industries face many challenges, in particular in the area of reducing CO2 emissions. According to Commissioner Frans Timmermans, industries such as fishing, aquaculture, coastal tourism, maritime transport, port activities and shipbuilding must reduce their [...]

By |June 1st, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: |

Kristian Ruby: Plans of the European Commission are very ambitious

We are talking to Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric, about the challenges facing offshore wind energy sector in Europe, in particular the Baltic Sea. He explained in an interview with BalticWind.eu that some critical obstacles must be removed for offshore wind farm network to develop at the pace planned by the EU. Baltic Wind: How will the offshore wind investments change the power sector in Europe in the coming years? Kristian Ruby: I expect offshore wind to be one of the major growth segments of the power sector in the 2020s. To deliver on climate neutrality by mid-century, [...]

By |June 1st, 2021|Categories: OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|Tags: |

The fleet of ships is not adapted to the installation of new generation turbines

IHS Markit analysts estimate that 15 MW wind turbines will appear on the offshore wind energy market within the next three years. Unfortunately, the current fleet of ships used to assemble wind turbines is not adapted to work with next-generation technologies. This poses a great risk to the global goals of the offshore wind sector. At the end of 2020, the total installed capacity in offshore wind on a global scale exceeded the level of 35 GW. Technologies in this sector are constantly developed and today there are 12 MW turbines on the market (GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X). The [...]

By |May 31st, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS|

Rystad Energy: Investments in offshore wind farms could reach $ 810 billion until 2030

According to the available data, at the end of 2020, the installed capacity in offshore wind installations in the world amounted to 33 GW. This means that compared to 2016, it has almost tripled. According to the estimates of Rystad Energy experts, until 2025, offshore wind farms will reach 109 and 251 GW until 2030.

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: PROJECTS|Tags: , |

Danish Vestas sets a course for Latvia. The plan is to build a service hub

Vestas, the largest producer of wind turbines, is entering the Latvian energy market. The Danish company will deliver turbines to the construction site of the Targale onshore wind farm in Latvia. Vestas opened its first office in Latvia in April 2021. The plan is also to launch a service hub near the port of Ventspils. Vestas announced that an order has been placed with the manufacturer to supply 14 V136-4.2 MW wind turbines for installation in the Targale, onshore wind farm located near the city of Ventspils (Polish: Windawa). The total capacity of the power plant will be 59 [...]

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, LATVIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , |

Latvia and Estonia are looking for ways to connect offshore wind installations to the countries’ energy systems

Electricity Transmission System Operators in Latvia and Estonia, AS Augstsprieguma tikls (AST) and Elering AS, have signed a cooperation agreement to investigate possible ways to evacuate power from planned offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and connect them to onshore transmission systems in both countries.  Operators informed that preliminary analysis of the route of the submarine cables under the waters of the Gulf of Riga and off the west coast of Latvia and Estonia has already been performed. However, in order to make final decisions, it is necessary to conduct more detailed research. - Latvia is also bound [...]

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: ESTONIA, LATVIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , , |

Installed capacity in offshore wind farms in Swedish waters reaches 192 MW

According to Wind Europe data, at the end of 2020, the installed capacity in offshore wind farms in Europe amounted to 25 GW. There were 5 offshore farms in operation in Sweden with a total capacity of 192 MW. The country's authorities approach the development of offshore wind installations in a balanced way, its aim is to reconcile the aspect of energy production, national security and environmental protection. Sweden has high climate ambitions and a goal of producing 100 percent renewable electricity until 2040. This is a considerable challenge for the country in the context of electrification of the [...]

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|Tags: |

Morten Petersen: We need to shift up a gear in the deployment of offshore wind

The European Union has adopted an offshore wind energy development strategy. What are the biggest challenges facing this industry? Where is the place of the Baltic Sea on the offshore wind map? How does Denmark perceive this region in the context of the development of offshore energy? We are talking to Morten Petersen, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Baltic Wind: Is the European Offshore Renewable Strategy a sufficient response to EU 2030 renewable target which will be increased within the package “fit for 55%”? Morten Petersen, MEP: For [...]

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|Tags: , |

For projects Långgrund 1 and 2 still against the wind. The Swedish Armed Forces say “no”

The investor Svea Vind Offshore plans to build two wind farms Långgrund 1 and Långgrund 1 in the waters of the Baltic Sea. Swedish media reports that the armed forces continue to refuse to approve the projects. Långgrund 1 (1,395 MW) and Långgrund 2 (capacity unknown) are offshore wind farm projects that Swedish investor Svea Vind Offshore wants to install in waters near the provinces of Sudermania and Östergötland. The first farm will cover an area of 147 km2, the second - 167 km2. The projects involve the installation of a total of 198 350 m high wind turbines, [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS, SWEDEN|

The Finnish Metsähallitus will build an offshore wind farm. Currently it is looking for a partner

Metsähallitus is a Finnish state-owned forestry company with the ambitious goals of developing the Korsnäs offshore wind farm, which will be located 15 km from the coast of the municipality of the same name, in the waters of the Baltic Sea. The company announced its intentions already in 2020, and more specifically about the start of the planning process. The target capacity of the offshore wind farm will be at least 1400 MW. The power plant will include 70-100 turbines with a capacity of 12-20 MW. The investment cost is EUR 1.5-2.5 billion. The construction of the farm will [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Swedish government wants to reduce the costs of connecting offshore wind energy farms to the power grid

In February, the Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure proposed to reduce the costs of connecting offshore wind farms to the electricity grid, which are borne by electricity producers. On February 2, 2021, a proposal for regulations announced four years ago was published on the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure, aimed at reducing the costs of connecting offshore farms to the power grid. In the document, the government also proposes extending the national network to maritime areas, where it will be possible to connect many facilities. This may support the implementation of national RES targets and increase the country's energy [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

A decade ago Germany launched the first commercial wind farm in the Baltic Sea

Ten years ago a breakthrough was made in the offshore wind energy sector in Germany - the energy group EnBW commissioned the first commercial offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. Baltic 1 is a 48.3 MW wind power plant located 16 km off the German coast. The foundations were installed at a depth of 18 MW in the second quarter of 2010 and the commissioning of the power plant took place on May 2, 2011. At that time, the guest of honor of the ceremony was Chancellor Angela Merkel, who with the help of a special button officially [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Poland includes the construction of ports for offshore wind energy sector

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (KPO) is the basis for the payment of money from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility for projects to revitalize the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Polish project also includes support for offshore wind energy projects, including the construction of port infrastructure. Consultations of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan in Poland lasted from February 26 to April 2, 2021. On April 30, the final version of the plan was approved at a special meeting of the Council of Ministers. On May 3, 2021, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy officially [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|Tags: , |

Polish LOTOS Petrobaltic wants to create ships for the construction of Polish offshore wind farms

The Polish company LOTOS Petrobaltic from Grupa LOTOS is the only Polish mining company that deals with the exploration and production of oil and gas deposits on the Polish shelf of the Baltic Sea. The company wants to join the plan to build offshore wind farms by providing the necessary fleet of ships - from installation to service. As reported by the Polish media, LOTOS Petrobaltic wants to be a national operator at the stage of the construction, commissioning and servicing of offshore wind farms in the Polish Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea. The company has extensive - [...]

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|Tags: , |

Lithuania is preparing special plans for the development of offshore wind installations in the Baltic Sea

The consulting company UAB Ardynas, commissioned by the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy, will prepare a plan for some areas in the Baltic Sea where offshore wind farms are to be built. Lithuania has already preliminarily identified places where wind farms will be built in the Baltic Sea. In March 2021, the tender for a research contractor was settled. The analyzes prepared by UAB Ardynas are to define specific areas and boundaries where these investments will be implemented. In addition, a concept for power evacuation from offshore wind installations will be prepared. The rules for managing and servicing the farms [...]

By |May 28th, 2021|Categories: LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|Tags: , , |

Wind turbine producers recognize the potential of the Baltic Sea, especially Poland

The Baltic Sea has enormous potential for the development of offshore wind farms. In the opinion of one of the producers of wind turbines, Poland may play the leading role in this respect. According to the estimates of the representative of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for Poland, Paweł Przybylski, presented in an interview with Bloomberg, until 2040 the installed capacity in offshore wind installations in the Baltic Sea will amount to several dozen GW. Poland, which is currently almost 70 percent dependent on coal-based energy production, wants to use a significant part of this potential. According to the recently [...]

By |May 28th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|Tags: |

The European Commission has approved a renewable energy support program in Denmark

The European Commission approved the Danish support scheme for the development of renewable energy sources, in particular onshore and offshore wind farms, hydropower plants and photovoltaic installations. In this way, the Danes will accelerate the development of the renewable energy sector. State aid will be granted through auctions to be carried out in the years 2021-2024. EUR 400 million will be allocated for this purpose. Support for RES installations is to apply for a maximum of 20 years from the moment of connection to the power grid. The European Commission assessed that the support system complies with the guidelines [...]

By |May 27th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|Tags: , , |

PGE will use the potential of Danish and Polish scientists in the development of offshore wind farms

Polish offshore wind investor PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna has established cooperation with the Danish Technical University (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Gdańsk University of Technology. The aim of the cooperation is [...]

By |May 27th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, PROJECTS|Tags: , |

The Polish regulator issued important decisions as part of the first phase of offshore wind support

In just a few years, Poland will join the countries producing electricity in offshore wind farms. For this purpose, the necessary regulations have been created that provide support for projects in the Baltic Sea. The Polish energy market regulator has already made important decisions as part of the first phase of support for offshore wind projects. Polish regulations The development of the offshore wind energy sector in Poland in the waters of the Baltic Sea evokes many emotions. In 2021, there were many highlights that marked the future of the country's wind power projects. One of them was the [...]

By |May 26th, 2021|Categories: OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, REGULATORY|Tags: , |

Each job in the German offshore wind sector generates 2.5 new jobs in the supply chain

One job in the offshore wind energy sector can generate nearly 2.5 new jobs in the supply chain, according to a report prepared by the German Ministry of Economy. The offshore wind sector is the driving force of the labor market and the economy. The analysis "Maritime added value and bn in Germany" was carried out in cooperation with the ISL consortium, Fraunhofer CML, ETR and DIW Econ. Apart from offshore wind sector, the study also included the shipbuilding sector, shipping, ports and fishing. The development of the maritime sector is of particular importance in the process of economic [...]

By |May 26th, 2021|Categories: GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , |

Kriegers Flak already has its 50th turbine. It is today the largest wind farm in Denmark.

The fiftieth turbine was installed at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. The project is carried out by Vattenfall in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. According to the industry media, thanks to the installation of the 50th turbine with a capacity of 8.4 MW, the total capacity of the installation already exceeds the capacity of the country's largest offshore wind farm - Horns Rev 3 (407 MW), which is also owned by the Swedish company. Installation of the turbines started in January 2021. According to the investor, at the end of April, 36 out of 72 planned [...]

By |May 25th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|Tags: |

Danish-Estonian cooperation in the offshore wind area. Orsted and Enefit join forces

Estonia has ambitious plans to develop offshore wind energy. On the other side of the Baltic Sea is Denmark, which today is one of the leaders in the development of the offshore wind sector. In April 2021, the wind giant Ørsted and company Enefit, one of the largest energy companies in the Baltic countries, established cooperation in the field of wind energy in the Baltic Sea. On April 26, 2021, Ørsted and Enefit signed an agreement (Memorandum of Understanding), which provides for the cooperation of companies in the offshore wind energy sector, in particular in the construction of the [...]

By |May 24th, 2021|Categories: DENMARK, ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|Tags: , |
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