Pondera is assisting Saare Wind Energy with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and the required research for the Saaremaa offshore wind project in Estonia.
The Saaremaa wind farm will comprise a maximum of 100 turbines at an area covering up to 200 km2 south-west of the Estonian island Saaremaa.
The location of the area, which could facilitate a capacity of over 1,000 MW, is said to offer a unique opportunity for the project to serve as an interconnector between the Estonian, Latvian, and Swedish grids.
Project development started in 2015. The Estonian government decided in May last year that Saare Wind Energy can proceed with the location permit procedure and the associated EIA.
Van Oord recently acquired a stake in the Estonian offshore wind developer, stating that the collaboration will allow Saare Wind Energy to intensify the development process, as financial support and knowledge are combined.