The Estonian government will not issue a building permit to the developer of a 600MW offshore wind farm in the Estonian Baltic Sea, citing national security concerns as the reason for the decision.The 600MW Saaremaa offshore wind farm is being developed by Saare Wind Energy OU.The company proposes to erect 100 turbines in the 6-megawatt class off the west coast of the Saaremaa Island. The project was initially valued at around EUR 1.7 billion, which has now been lowered to EUR 1.3 billion due to technological advancements and lower construction cost.The Estonian Wind Power Association has cited government spokespersons as saying that ”if the building permit is granted, the applicant may threaten public order, social security and national security.” According to local media reports, one of the main concerns is that funding for the project may come from ”Russia or any other hostile country.” The developers have dismissed this claim, saying that the financing offers came from the UK and Germany.Back in February, Estonia’s Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu announced the government’s decision to refuse to issue the building permit for the project ”because according to the Internal Security Service, the offshore farm may bring with it a risk for Estonia’s security.”The developer is expected to challenge the government’s decision in court.
Work to rebuild eroded sand dunes along Semaphore Beach and stabilize the area with vegetation is officially underway, Government of South Australia reports. The Government’s Department for Environment and Water (DEW) has been working closely with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and community representatives on how to best manage the area with a recent community survey indicating support for the project.The area immediately north of the Semaphore South breakwater is prone to erosion. A severe storm in May 2016 caused widespread coastal erosion throughout South Australia. At Semaphore South, much of the dune and its vegetation was lost.Under the project, sand will be moved from Largs Bay to rebuild the sand dunes at Semaphore South.DEW engaged independent ecologists to undertake a vegetation survey in March 2020 to assess and map the flora communities along the five kilometre length of coast between Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club and Strathfield Terrace. This baseline information will inform species selection for the planting of the restored Semaphore South dunes, will enable any impacts of the trial to be monitored, and inform future works. read more