The Lithuanian government has approved the request of the Ministry of Energy for approval to start preparing an engineering infrastructure development plan for the offshore wind sector.

The document will include spatial planning for the technical connection of wind farms in the Baltic Sea to the onshore electricity system. The document has been given a special status, which ensures faster procedural work.

The Government Resolution sets out the objectives of spatial planning. One of them is to determine the areas necessary for the connection of onshore grid connections and related infrastructure for RES power plants planned to be built in the maritime territory of Lithuania.

On 22 June 2020, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania decided to build the first offshore wind farm, with a capacity of up to 700 MW, in the Baltic Sea by 2030, which could generate about 2.5-3 TWh of electricity per year. That amounts to almost a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity needs and will create more than 1,000 jobs. The first tender is expected to be issued in September 2023.