Romania plans its first wind farms in the Black Sea in 2027

Romania is making significant progress in establishing its inaugural wind farms in the Black Sea by 2027. The country is advancing with a legislative framework, aiming to have its first wind farms in the Romanian section of the Black Sea operational between 2027 and 2028, according to Energy Minister Sebastian Burduja in an interview with the Agerpres agency.

A significant development is Romania’s Ministry of Energy initiating a 30-day public consultation on July 17th regarding a proposed law outlining development and public procurement prerequisites for offshore wind energy projects. The proposal involves auctioning 3 GW of offshore wind power through a Contract for Difference (CfD) mechanism. The anticipated timeline includes passing the legislation in the autumn, followed by zone selection and the formulation of environmental and safety regulations for the wind farm locations.

Minister Burduja acknowledged the involvement of the National Mineral Resources Administration in this multifaceted undertaking, considering the intricate nature of the Black Sea region. Despite the necessary preparations, he foresees the inauguration of the initial wind turbines by either 2027 or 2028.

Minister Burduja notes that the World Bank has assessed Romania’s offshore wind potential at an impressive 75 GW. While it may not be possible to harness the entire potential, he envisions that a significant portion, ranging from 10 GW to 15 GW, could be realized within the next decade or two.

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