To increase the security of the power supply of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands and eliminate hazards for birds, Estonia’s national transmission system operator Elering is replacing the final overhead transmission line with a new submarine cable on the Väinatamm Causeway.
The construction of the submarine cable is partially financed by funds received from the Recovery and Resilience Facility of the European Union.
“Thanks to the support received from the Recovery and Resilience Facility of the European Commission, we were able to make this investment several years earlier. Replacing the overhead transmission line on the Väinatamm Causeway with a submarine cable will further improve the security of the supply of electricity for the residents of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands. Furthermore, it will eliminate the hazard for birds”, said Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Management Board of Elering.
The second submarine cable for the Väinatamm Causeway is expected to increase the connection capacity of renewable energy to the power grid. The total cost of the project is 69 million euros, of which 30 million is from the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. The installation is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2024.