TALLINN - The Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia has announced public procurement for conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of an offshore wind farm planned to be established in the Gulf of Riga.
Eesti Energia and Orsted, a Danish multinational power company and global leader in offshore wind, in April this year signed a cooperation agreement, which describes the two companies' vision for jointly building the first offshore wind farm in the region in the Gulf of Riga before 2030.
According to the procurement notice, Eesti Energia is planning to establish an offshore wind farm consisting of up to 160 turbines with indicative capacity of 6 megawatts per turbine, which would bring the farm's total capacity to up to 1,000 megawatts. The exact capacity and volume will be specified in the course of the process according to technological development and the results of the environmental impact assessment.
The total area of the wind farm in public waters will be nearly 183.2 square kilometers.
The objective of the procurement is to conduct an environmental impact assessment as a result of which the EIA report on the planned wind farm should be approved by the Ministry of the Environment. The assessment is conducted in two stages, the first of which concerning the EIA program and the approval thereof has already been completed.
As part of the second stage of the EIA, the winning bidder will need to carry out the necessary studies as well as draw up and submit a report on the assessment to Eesti Energia no later than 36 months after the signing of the contract.
As cross-border assessment is required for the EIA, the winning bidder will need to have capability to engage in cooperation with Latvian public authorities and interest groups.
Bids can be submitted until the afternoon of July 12.