Van Oord plans offshore wind farm support base and cargo terminal in Port of Liepaja, Latvia

Van Oord has signed a two-year reservation agreement with the Liepaja Special Economic Zone (Liepaja SEZ) Authority for the construction of an offshore wind farm support base and an oversized cargo terminal in the Port of Liepaja in Latvia.

The signed territory reservation agreement between Van Oord and the Liepaja SEZ Authority stipulates that Van Oord, as a territory developer and investor, will design and build an offshore wind support base and an oversized cargo terminal of 55 hectares in the Outer Harbor of the Port of Liepaja. The Outer Harbor is a unique area in the Port of Liepaja surrounded by breakwaters and equipped with three port gates, thus, offering vast opportunities for the development of offshore wind and green energy projects.

Create port infrastructure to support offshore wind farm construction

The new terminal will address the lack of the port infrastructure capacity needed for the construction of wind farms in the Baltic Sea. Moreover, it is expected that the developed site will be used for handling other oversized cargos as well as for industrial manufacturing purposes. The 55-hectare area will be created by reclaiming the dry land areas, thus establishing a new multifunctional cargo handling infrastructure and also giving the opportunity to place new production and/or assembly facilities.

During the two-year validity term, Van Oord will carry out preparatory works, which include research, business plan development, elaboration of the technical design and engagement of the partners. Construction of the offshore wind support base in the Outer Harbor of the Port of Liepaja is planned for 2026, with operation planned in the middle of 2027.

“The offshore wind energy support base in the Port of Liepaja will promote economic development and attract significant foreign investments aimed at sustainable economy and green energy production. This is just one of the projects in Liepaja that will strengthen the energy independence of Latvia and Europe.”

Uldis Hmieļevskis, Liepaja SEZ CEO

Source: Liepaja SEZ

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