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AST and Elering to survey potential routes for connecting the offshore network to the onshore power grid

Latvia’s and Estonia’s Transmission System Operators (TSOs) AST and Elering will carry out an in-depth study of possible onshore land line corridors towards the planned offshore wind park sites which have been identified in the two countries’ maritime spatial plans.

This study, put together with Estonian consultant Skepast & Puhkim will serve as a basis for planning other potential wind farm connections and not only for the purpose of planning and implementation of the offshore wind farm project called Elwind.

Source: AST.

“The supply route survey is our first joint procurement with the Latvian transmission network operator AST within the framework of the Estonian-Latvian offshore network project Elwind,” said Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of Elering’s Management Board. “Its objective is to find suitable supply route corridors from the most powerful substations in the Estonian and Latvian transmission networks to the sea. The work being performed allows both Elwind and why not various other future projects, to use the most suitable supply route corridors that are discovered.”

In addition to cooperation with Latvia, Elering has launched a project for the construction of an offshore network encompassing the entire Baltic Sea. Several surveys have pointed out that the cheapest and fastest method for meeting ambitious renewable energy objectives is to create an offshore power network connecting the Baltic Sea countries, allowing for the connection of a major volume of offshore wind farms. The Elwind project would be the first step in the development of a major Baltic Sea electricity network.

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