Wpd eyes offshore wind opportunity in Romania

German developer applies for nearly 2GW of offshore wind projects, which could be the first to be installed in the Black Sea

Romania could be the first country to build offshore wind farms in the Black Sea (pic credit: Sb2s3/Wikimedia Commons)
Romania could be the first country to build offshore wind farms in the Black Sea (pic credit: Sb2s3/Wikimedia Commons)

Wpd has applied to develop nearly 2GW in Romania’s portion of the Black Sea at two planned projects, Black Sea 1 (500MW) and 1400MW Black Sea 2 Black Sea 2 (1400MW) OffshoreRomania, Europe Click to see full details.

The Germany-based developer has also said it is supporting the Romanian government in the drafting of offshore wind legislation, with a view to making Romania the first country to install offshore wind farms in the Black Sea. 

It plans to used fixed-bottom foundations in water depths of up to 50 metres, a Wpd spokesman told Windpower Monthly.

Windpower Monthly has contacted the company to request further details of the planned projects’ precise location and technology options.

The energy the projects will generate could be for domestic use and potential export to neighbouring countries. Developing offshore wind in Romania would also create skilled jobs and boost local supply chains, the firm said. 

“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," said Gabriela Dan Unterseh, the firm's head of project development, offshore wind, in Romania. 

"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," said Achim Berge Olsen, a member of the Wpd management board responsible for offshore wind.

The company has been active in Romania since 2009, with a pipeline of 1.3GW of onshore wind under development, as well as the planned Black Sea offshore projects.

The Bremen-headquartered company develops and operates solar, onshore and offshore wind farms in 28 countries around the world. It has more than 5GW of wind energy in operation, plus 12.3GW of onshore and 13.8GW of offshore wind under development.

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