Eastern Crete, Rhodes, the central Aegean, Evia, the Diapontian Islands and the Gulf of Patras in the Ionian Sea are the eligible areas for the development of the first offshore wind farms in Greece, with a total capacity of approximately 2-2.5 GW.
As a Kathimerini report notes, these six areas were qualified through a pool of options from ten areas that includes the National Offshore Wind Park Development Program for projects with a total capacity of approximately 4.9 GW by 2030-2032, which EDEYEP announced yesterday in special event in the presence of the political leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and investors who have been waiting for it for over a year.
The full development of the national program with a horizon of 2050 includes 25 areas with a total area of 2,712 square kilometers, with an estimated minimum power of 12.4 GW. The majority of areas, specifically 19 out of 25, are suitable for floating offshore (10.4 GW), while fixed-site (2 GW) will be limited to six areas.
In the first phase of the development of the program, fixed offshore sites will be developed only in the area of the Diapontian Islands and the Patraic Gulf. In the first phase of its development, the national program in 2030 will mobilize investments of 6 billion euros and in its full development by 2050 over 28 billion euros.
In addition, according to the study carried out by IOBE on behalf of EDEYEP, the installation of offshore wind farms can lead to an increase in GDP of up to 1.9 billion euros per year on average in the period 2024-2050 and of State revenues up to 440 million euros per year. For the same period it can contribute significantly to the strengthening of employment, supporting up to 44,400 jobs per year.