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Lithuania's NERC launches second 700 MW offshore wind tender

Lithuania’s National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC) has launched its second offshore wind tender to develop a 700 MW offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea at 30 km from Palanga (western Lithuania) in an area covering 136 km2. The auction will be open to register until 15 April, with evaluation on the submitted offers until 27 May at the latest. Developers will be able to offer to develop the project with or without state support - price set between €64.31/MWh and €107.18/MWh for a 15-year support - and to compete for the amount of support requested (for all or part of the electricity generated). A provisional winner should be announced by the end of May and the final confirmation will be given at the beginning of August once the developer’s compliance with national security interests is verified. The project is expected to be operational as soon as 2028. 

Lithuania will carry out all necessary surveys and site investigations needed for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and project development, while the awarded developer should provide at least €5m for environmental protection in the maritime territory of Lithuania. After the construction of the offshore wind park, the developer will be obliged to contribute (€1/MWh of electricity produced) annually to the communities of municipalities bordering the maritime area.

Lithuania's installed capacity was of 4.1 GW by the end of 2021, with gas accounting 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).