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Lithuania greenlights 700 MW offshore wind farm project

Lithuania has approved a 700 MW offshore wind farm after a positive environmental impact assessment from its Environmental Protection Agency.  Located 2 km from the Natura 2000 protected area, the project will occupy approximately 136.39 square kilometres in the Baltic Sea with turbines standing at 350 m with a 320 m rotor diameter at 30 km from the coastline. This initiative is part of Lithuania's transition to a net-zero economy, aligning with the Green Deal Industrial Plan and benefiting from a €193m European Commission state aid scheme. A tender for the project's developer is scheduled to open on 15 January 2024. The wind farm is expected to generate up to 6 TWh, complementing the previously awarded 700 MW wind farm to Ocean Winds, a joint venture between Engie and EDP Renewables, on 13 October 2023.

Lithuania's installed capacity was of 4.1 GW by the end of 2021. Gas accounts for 30% of total capacity (1.2 GW). The share of wind has more than tripled since 2010, from 4% to 22% in 2021 (671 MW) while hydropower accounts for 21% (1 GW).