- Perspectives of Offshore Wind Energy development in marine areas of Lithuania, Poland and Russia





Project objectives

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General Information:  
Main Results:

The results of conference and workshop in Palanga, 2007.12.13-14


The results of workshop in Gdansk, 2007.11.20-21


Expert evaluation poll


Economical feasibility tool


Inventory of potential conflict areas - determination of offshore wind farm's location

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The main goal of the project is to create conditions for effective development of wind energy production in the Baltic Sea coastal zones of three neighbouring countries: Lithuania, Russia and Poland. Use of renewable energy sources, including wind, is an important component of sustainable development of these regions, which may result in measurable positive economic, ecological and social effects. This objective should be achieved by attracting potential investors by means of the project's main product - map of optimum locations for offshore wind farms, especially focused on principles of sustainable development, including preservation of nature values in marine cross-border areas. The map, with proposals for connecting produced power into a combined power systems of three neighbouring countries should effectively reduce the economical risk of building offshore wind farms.

The first stage of the project will focus on studies leading to the delimitation of areas fulfilling environmental and technical requirements of wind farm construction (bathymetry, geological and hydro-meteorological conditions). A parallel study on possible connections to existing power network systems will be conducted. The possibility of interconnection of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian power networks with high capacity links will be analysed (including evaluation of existing and planned connections to Sweden). The next step will be the analysis of potential use conflicts (Natura 2000 areas, mining licenses, military areas, navigation routes, submerged cables and pipelines, fishing grounds, etc.), which significantly limit areas suitable for offshore wind farm development.

The second stage of the project will consist mainly of an economic feasibility study, taking into account local meteorological potential for wind power production. The direct product of this study will be a map showing areas with lowest economical risk for both construction and operation of wind farms. A workshop promoting the map amongst potential investors will be organized. An important action during this stage is development of multi-lingual brochures discussing in a popular way the main aspects and advantages of offshore wind energy production.

The third stage of the project consists of pilot studies in chosen three areas (one in each country represented in the project). The pilot studies will include supplementing environmental surveys (bathymetry, geology and natural resources) and development of model EIA of potential wind farms. Cross border impact of each of three selected simulated pilot wind farms will be evaluated and legal procedure framework for application for construction permits will be shown according to legal frameworks in all the three countries.

Results of the project will be disseminated to the public through publications and Internet presentation. The project will end with final workshops in each of the countries, aimed at of training local and central authorities and agencies involved in decision making processes leading to building permits for offshore wind farms.

The project should significantly help to achieve the renewable energy targets stated in the accession treaties of Poland and Lithuania.

Besides, it is obvious that co-operation at the variety of levels, ranging through local, regional and central authorities, industry associations and research organisations, started within the project, will result in a better understanding among partners from participating regions.




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