The engineering infrastructure development plan for wind parks in the Baltic Sea and its strategic environmental impact assessment will be carried out by a group of suppliers that won an international public tender, “Ardynas” and “Pajūrio tyrimų ir planavimo institutas”. The Ministry of Energy has signed a contract with the group of suppliers worth EUR 1 million.
“We are consistently implementing one of the most important projects for Lithuania’s energy independence - wind park development projects in the Baltic Sea. The more domestic electricity we produce from renewable sources, the less we will need to import, which means lower electricity prices for the Lithuanian people” said Daiva Garbaliauskaitė, Vice-Minister of Energy.
According to the Vice-Minister, the new territorial planning document is important because it will define the onshore and offshore route of the grids that will bring electricity to the Lithuanian energy system from the offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea.
The winner of the international public procurement - the supplier group “Ardynas”, together with “Pajūrio tyrimų ir planavimo institutas” - will have to prepare and register the engineering infrastructure development plan and carry out its strategic environmental impact assessment. The supplier group will also have to select the location of the offshore wind park’s interconnections to the onshore grid and related infrastructure, carry out seabed surveys and register the areas subject to special land use conditions in the real estate register.
The supplier group undertakes to carry out all the work within 24 months from the date of entry into force of the contract.
The offshore wind park is planned to be installed in the Baltic Sea area, almost 30 km from Palanga and Klaipėda, by 2028, with a capacity of up to 700 MW and the potential to generate up to 3 TWh of electricity per year. This would represent almost a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.