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76 GW of offshore wind potential in Romania identified as first project plan emerges

Romania holds technical offshore wind potential of 76 gigawatts (GW), according to the latest data from the World Bank, released around the same time the country’s power producer Hidroelectrica revealed plans for Romania’s first offshore wind farm.

The 76 GW include both bottom-fixed and floating wind turbines. The potential for floating wind has been estimated to be more than double that of bottom-fixed wind turbines. Still, the figures for “conventional” offshore wind itself show nothing less than vast potential for the country on the Black Sea.

Specifically, Romania has 22 GW of technical potential for bottom-fixed offshore wind, considered for an offshore area closer to the coast and in water depths of up to 50 metres. For floating wind, looked at as the go-to technology for a bigger offshore area farther from the coast and in water depths of up to 1,000 metres, the technical potential stands at 54 GW.

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