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Windy Town (Vėjo miestelis) – a long and ambitious dream of the “SBA Urban”, becoming a reality. In May we as general construction contractor started construction of the first phase together. An investment of more than €80 million in a complete town for living and active leisure on the Curonian Lagoon.

“We are starting to build a town unlike any other in Lithuania or the world. The project has been eagerly awaited by the wind community and the region as a whole, with more than 200 enquiries in the first two weeks, and the first homes already reserved. Windy Town is being built on the shores of the Curonian Lagoon, surrounded by natural surroundings, and we plan to complete the first phase by the summer of next year, which is the start of the sailing season,” says Arnas Bušmanas, the head of SBA Urban’s company Urban WIND, that is developing Windy Town.

“We are eager to start working on the Windy Town because there are only a handful of projects in Lithuania and the world with a similar concept. The project is ambitious, and the greenfield investment will create a shared and completely new infrastructure in a unique location on the Curonian Lagoon. However, our team is well prepared for it. This is not the first time we have cooperated with SBA Urban, and we have a calibrated value foundation and the same high standard of quality, which is one of the most important criteria for success,” says Rolandas Kasperavičius, the CEO of UAB “RNDV Statyba”.

According to A. Bušmanas, the first phase of the Windy Town is an important start for the entire 36-hectare site. SBA Urban plans to develop the entire project in five phases by 2031. In the first phase, public infrastructure – a park, sports fields and green spaces – will be developed alongside the residential area. In the second phase, another 36 residential units are planned to be put on the market, and in the following phases, the “city within a city” concept will be fully realised: a hotel, a co-working space, cafés, restaurants, and later spa areas and a port.

The first phase will consist of 25 individual A++ class two-storey houses, ranging from 53 to 94 m2. They are available with partial or full finishes, priced from EUR 4 600/m2. The houses are already available for reservation.

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Construction sector shows positive results regarding workplace safety. The State Labour Inspectorate statistics reveals that in 2023 there were around 20% less accidents recorded at the workplace in Lithuania. Labour inspectors also note that employer’s attitude is changing – the responsible companies are increasingly applying new and modern practices to help the employees better understand the requirements of workplace safety and company’s processes towards ensuring it.

Focus on Employee Engagement

According to Vaida Intė, Head of Occupational Health and Safety at RNDV, accidents at work can be prevented by ensuring the right internal culture and clear procedures, for example, by recording the potential incidents (Near Miss). This practice is an addition to the existing requirements to investigate the workplace incidents that have already happened. Employee engagement and knowledge are very important for this practice to be effective. For this reason, RNDV fosters an internal culture of openness, employee engagement, and conducts various regular trainings. Another successful practice to prevent incidents at the workplace, as V. Intė states, is Last Minute Risk Analysis. It is a routine technical check-up in a form of specific security questions which must be carefully answered by employees before starting or continuing the work.

Special Practices in Manufacturing Sector

Ugnius Dapkūnas, Head of Sustainability at Philip Morris Lithuania, believes safety in the workplace must become a priority for everyone. “That is why we follow the behavioral principle Safety is Everywhere and involve both managers and employees in the development of work safety”, he states.

In order to create an open and engaging internal culture, Philip Morris Lithuania carries out Risk Hunting initiatives, and Stop-Think-Act informational sessions, which are aimed at developing a culture with no rush at the workplace. Reinforcement of exemplary behavior through various colleague awards and a development program of safety champions are another effective safety incentive examples.   According to U. Dapkūnas, it is equally important to continuously monitor behaviors and give feedback. For this reason, the organization has implemented a behavior monitoring system at a workplace which allows reporting unsafe behavior and take necessary actions towards it.

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Even though offshore energy is still a relatively young field, offshore wind farms are becoming an increasingly attractive investment around the globe. The conditions for building wind parks in the sea are much more favorable than on land – the areas in the sea are large, and no mountains or settlements could complicate the construction.

RNDV provides offshore services such as the production of offshore metal structures and electrical installation. We invite you to deepen your knowledge and get acquainted with five interesting facts about offshore wind farms, their operation, and construction:

  1. Building a wind farm takes 6-12 years

The total time to install an offshore wind farm can vary depending on the scale of the project, location, and available resources. Still, building the park from planning to operation usually takes between 6 and 12 years.

Typically, the construction process of a wind farm is divided into three phases: design, pre-construction phase, and installation. The first stage, which consists of project development, development, and planning, can last 3 to 5 years. Subsequently, about 1-3 years are allocated to the pre-construction phase, during which the necessary contracts and other legal requirements are identified. Finally, the construction phase can take 2-4 years before the wind farm is ready for operation.

  1. 80 wind turbines help reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 80,000 tons

To better understand the efficiency of wind turbines, let’s consider the numbers. Each wind farm varies in size and power, but on average, one wind turbine can generate up to 30 000 kWh annually or more than 11 Millions kWh per year. 

Wind farms help reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels, allow savings, and reduce the total amount of CO2 gas emitted into the environment. 80 wind turbines help reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 80,000 tons.

  1. The transformer platform can weigh up to 3000 tons

Each offshore wind farm has substations (transformer platforms) that collect and transform the produced electricity and prepare it for transmission to the shore. These stations help ensure that as little energy as possible is lost when supplying electricity over long distances.

Substations are installed offshore where extreme weather conditions such as strong winds or waves are common, so they are designed to withstand the harsh marine environment for years. The station itself, without installation at sea, can weight from 200 tons, and the installed and functioning station can weigh up to 3,000 tons.

  1. Wind turbines can last more than 30 years

Building wind turbines is a long-term investment into a cleaner future. Wind parks currently being built are expected to operate for at least 25-30 years. With proper maintenance and operation of the equipment, wind turbines can be successfully used even longer.

As a result, offshore wind farm structures are manufactured and installed with particular responsibility – wind turbines must withstand sea storms and waves and resist sea salinity and corrosion. At the end of the park’s operational period, all structures are dismantled, cut, and delivered to the scrap metal purchase point.

  1. The payback period of the wind turbine is 6 years

When choosing to invest in the construction of wind farms, it is worth considering the turbines’ positive environmental impact and payback figures. The wind turbine becomes climate neutral – i.e., the green energy generated offsets the amount of energy used to produce it – after about 4-7 months of operation.

The payback period for the wind turbine is currently six years. After six years of operation, the installed wind turbine generates profit, reaching 50 to 80 thousand EUR per year. The wind farm, which consists of 80 turbines, generates up to 6.5 million EUR annually.