On April 14, the Liepaja Special Economic Zone Authority hosted a round-table discussion "Latvian Ports as the Basis for Energy Independence", chaired by the Latvian Transport Minister Jānis Vitenbergs and the Minister of Economics Ilze Indriksone, was held in Liepaja. The round- table discussion " was attended by representatives of Latvia's major ports, the Latvian Wind Energy Association, the Latvenergo AS management, representatives of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, as well as by those of the largest port stevedoring companies.
Potential of the Baltic Sea for the development of offshore wind farms was one of the significant issues of the discussion, emphasizing the role of the three Latvian ports in attracting private investors to promote further development of the project.
The Latvian Transport Minister Jānis Vitenbergs stated, "Offshore wind parks and energy independence are priorities for Latvia, and developed port infrastructure is also required. Today's discussion showed what issues are relevant and require urgent and rational solutions to advance the wind farm and support infrastructure issues. Today, we saw that Liepaja has done well in preparing a noteworthy offer." The Liepaja Special Economic CEO Uldis Hmieļevskis presented a proposal to establish an offshore wind energy support base in the Port of Liepaja, fully meeting eight out of ten set requirements. All planned offshore wind farms in the Latvian territorial waters will be located within the radius of 100 km from Liepaja, whereas those of the Baltic States would be located within the radius of 250 km from the Port of Liepaja. To build offshore wind parks in the Baltic Sea, a support base is needed in one of the ports. The Port of Liepaja is one of the most suitable locations for creation of such infrastructure, as defined by the long-term development plans of the City of Liepaja and the Liepaja SEZ Authority. This allows for timely initiation of the necessary activities for establishing the needed infrastructure by saving time and enabling the facilities to be operational by 2027.
The Liepaja Special Economic CEO Uldis Hmieļevskis stated, "At present, none of the ports on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea have the necessary infrastructure to serve offshore wind energy parks – the territory of at least 15-20 hectares and two berths of the length of 200m and high ground-bearing capacity each. The Port of Liepaja has been able to take the first steps to prepare the necessary infrastructure to become a support base for the offshore wind energy sector in the Baltic Sea."