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Offshore Wind Farm in Riga Gulf selected for EU preparatory studies

An offshore wind farm project “GORIO” was selected by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy programme for preparatory studies related to cross-border renewable energy projects, the European Commission (21 May).

Supported by a total of 99,000 euros, GORIO is managed by the Estonian energy company, Eesti Energia.

The project aims to develop, build, and operate (together with partners) up to two gigawatts (GW) of cross-border offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Riga area located in Estonian and Latvian waters.

The funding will enable the beneficiary to conduct a study that would support the ongoing environmental impact assessment with technical data regarding turbines, foundations, connection cable lines, construction methodologies and other necessary data, the European Commission said.

At present, a Conceptual Engineering Study (Pre-FEED) and permitting process of two GW are both ongoing. The Estonian side of the project secured an exclusive research license for the 183 square kilometres site regarding the initiation of the superficies license process.

The pre-FEED study on the Estonian side will support the ongoing environmental impact assessment (EIA) with technical data regarding the turbines, foundations, connection cable lines, construction methodologies and other necessary data. Moreover, the pre-FEED study will update the cost estimate as well as the operational expenditure estimate of the wind farm, the European Commission said.

The scope of focus of the pre-FEED study includes a basic site conditions assessment, a review of available technologies, a conceptual design for the grid connection, a cost estimate for the selected concept and a scope of activities for the next phase of engineering design (FEED).

The pre-FEED study is “crucial” to evaluate the financial feasibility of the hybrid offshore wind farm project. Following the study, the Estonian project promoter (Eesti Energia) will define the overall technical concept of the planned offshore wind farm and take it as a basis for further studies.

If the study’s outcome is positive and the project is carried out, the hybrid offshore wind farms interconnecting Estonia and Latvia could start their commercial operations by 2030.

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