Norway's NorWind to Build Two Offshore Wind Farms in Estonia

Norway's NorWind to Build Two Offshore Wind Farms in Estonia

Norwegian renewable energy company NorWind has announced plans to construct two offshore wind farms in Estonia, marking a significant expansion into the Baltic Sea region. The two projects, named "Baltic Wind 1" and "Baltic Wind 2," will have a combined capacity of 1,400 megawatts (MW), capable of powering approximately 1.4 million homes.

The wind farms will be located off the coast of Hiiumaa Island, an area identified for its strong wind potential and favorable conditions for offshore wind energy production. NorWind plans to invest around €3 billion in these projects, which are expected to become operational by 2028.

"We are excited to collaborate with Estonia on these pioneering projects," said NorWind CEO Lars Nilsen. "These wind farms will not only contribute to Estonia's renewable energy targets but also support the European Union's Green Deal goals."

The projects have received preliminary approval from the Estonian government, which has been actively seeking to diversify its energy sources and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Estonia's Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Taavi Aas, emphasized the importance of this development, stating, "NorWind's investment is a significant step towards our goal of achieving a 70% share of renewables in our energy mix by 2030."

NorWind will work closely with local partners, including Estonian energy company Enefit Green, to ensure smooth project execution and compliance with environmental standards. The company also plans to engage in extensive consultations with local communities to address any concerns related to the construction and operation of the wind farms.

The Baltic Wind projects are part of NorWind's broader strategy to expand its offshore wind portfolio across Europe. With several successful projects in the North Sea, NorWind aims to leverage its expertise to develop similar ventures in the Baltic region, contributing to Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Source: Gramwzielone