WPD Eyes 1.9GW Offshore Wind Projects in Black Sea, Romania

Highlights :

  • WPD has established two separate companies for this project: Black Sea 1 (500MW capacity) and Black Sea 2 (1.4GW)
  • Upon the fruition of WPD’s plans, Romania will become the first country to install offshore wind farms in the Black Sea.

German company WPD has applied to develop two offshore wind farms in the Black Sea off the Romanian coast. The total proposed capacity of the projects is 1.9GW.

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Two separate companies have been established, namely, the Black Sea 1 (with a capacity of 500MW) and the Black Sea 2 (with capacity up to 1.4GW), said WPD.

The company is in close contact with the governmental authorities in support of drafting the offshore wind law. After completion of the projects, Romania will become the first country to install offshore wind farms in the Black Sea, it further added.

“WPD has its sights firmly set on the Romanian market for renewable energies and can build on a promising pipeline in the offshore wind sector,” says Dr. Gabriela Dan Unterseh, Head of Project Development Wind Offshore at WPD offshore in Romania.

Further, after the fruition of the offshore wind projects, the company plans to explore any possible chance where it can export surplus energy to neighbouring countries.

“We are convinced that by developing our offshore projects, we are making an important contribution to set Romania’s pioneering role in the expansion of renewables in the region,” adds Achim Berge Olsen, Member of the Management Board at WPD.

WPD has had stakes in the Romanian market since 2009. In addition to the two offshore projects, it has various wind onshore projects under development with a total capacity of 1.3GW.

For Romania, this is in line with the vision of the country’s Energy Strategy 2019-2030. It foresees the growth in the Romanian energy sector through the construction of new generating capacities and also the repowering and modernization of production capacities, transport and distribution of energy.

Furthermore, according to the National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate Change 2021-2030, Romania has undertaken to achieve a quota of 30.7% for renewable energy within the total energy mix by 2030. As per the strategy, the Romanian energy production system needs massive investments in the coming years.

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