Ignitis Renewables has enlisted the services of Fugro for a geophysical survey at the designated site for Lithuania's inaugural offshore wind farm. The joint venture of Ignitis Renewables and Ocean Winds secured the offshore wind tender in July, and Fugro's specialized vessel, the Fugro Frontier, is presently conducting on-site operations in the Baltic Sea.
The site where the country’s first offshore wind farm will be built is located approximately 30–36 kilometers off Lithuania’s Baltic Sea coast and covers an area of approximately 120 square kilometers.
The survey includes the collection of 2D ultra-ultra-high-resolution (UUHR) sub-surface data, bathymetry, sidescan sonar, and magnetometer data. With 2,000 survey line kilometers of high-quality data, the initiative aims to characterize the site, identify potential risks, and provide insights for future geotechnical investigations. This milestone is considered crucial by Ignitis Renewables as it lays the groundwork for timely construction initiation. The 700 MW offshore wind farm, anticipated to be operational by 2030, is poised to contribute significantly, generating up to 3 TWh of electricity annually and meeting a substantial portion of Lithuania's current electricity demand.