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Respect Energy, EPCG eye 2 GW of offshore wind in Montenegro

Respect Energy, EPCG eye 2 GW of offshore wind in Montenegro

Date: November 23rd 2023

Author: Maja Žuvela

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy , Economy , En.vision , Hydrogen

Warsaw-based Respect Energy Holding and Montenegro’s power utility EPCG have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibility of developing 2 GW of offshore wind capacity in Montenegro.

According to a document seen by Montel, the two companies aim to identify the optimal location for the offshore wind project within exclusive economic zone waters of Montenegro. They also plan to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to acquire land rights for the project as well as for a power connection point.

This might prove problematic, though, as Montenegro currently has no agreement with any of its neighbouring countries in place to regulate the exclusive economic zones, as specified in the Montenegrin Water Act. 

This means that offshore wind parks can only be built within Montenegrin territorial waters, which span only 14 nautical miles, as compared to 200 nautical miles for the exclusive economic zone.

Additionally, before any offshore wind project can be realised in Montenegro, the country needs to address various legal uncertainties, said the Schoenherr legal consultancy, without elaborating, in an analysis published this month.
 
Amongst positive developments it mentioned that Montenegro is already working on its first renewable energy law and three new construction-related acts.

This, combined with Montenegro’s geographical location, the recent launch of the spot power exchange and the existing submarine power link with Italy, provides a good starting point, said the consultancy.

H2, solar, battery

The memorandum signed by Respect Energy Holding and EPCG also envisages the development of an ammonia and hydrogen production plant equipped with an 800 MW electrolyser in Montenegro, as well as a solar plant and battery energy storage system with a currently unspecified capacity.



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