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Lithuania to announce offshore wind tender in March

Lithuania’s Ministry of Energy is getting ready to announce a tender for the development of offshore wind farms by the end of March.

The subsidy-free wind park is planned to be built in the Baltic Sea, 36 kilometres from the shore. It would be operational by 2028, meeting one-quarter of the country’s electricity demand.

“This is undoubtedly one of the most important projects to strengthen our energy independence,” said the Deputy Minister of Energy, Daiva Garbaliauskaitė. “It will directly reduce the volume of electricity imports and create an opportunity to produce local, cheaper, green electricity. Due to its efficiency, the production of electricity from offshore wind has a greater potential than the one on land, so we must use this opportunity,” she added, noting that both Lithuanian and international developers are actively showing interest in the tender.

The developer will have to carry out all necessary research, environmental impact assessments and other necessary actions for the development of the park. Also, the winner of the tender will be responsible for connecting it to the electricity transmission networks on land and for the imbalance caused by the generated electricity.

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