Spanish Port to Run on Offshore Wind

Spain’s Capital Energy and BlueFloat Energy have joined forces in Tenerife to develop the Granadilla offshore wind farm, described as the first offshore wind project in Spanish port waters.

The Granadilla project will be located near the Tenerife port of the same name and will require an investment of more than EUR 120 million, the developers said.

The wind farm will comprise five wind turbines with a combined capacity of 50 MW. The turbines will be installed on gravity-based foundations made of concrete, using Elisa technology developed by the engineering company Esteyco.

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The bulk of the clean energy generated by this asset will be used for self-consumption by the port facilities and its concessionaires, within the framework of the Port Authority of Tenerife’s commitment to the decarbonisation of its operations.

”Granadilla is part of our firm commitment to offshore wind and our commitment to the Canary Islands, where we have been working with the supply chain for months. This offshore wind farm could be the curtain lifter for offshore wind in Spain, and we are thrilled to have teamed up with BlueFloat Energy, a Spanish company of recognised prestige in the industry,” Pablo Alcón Valero, Offshore Manager at Capital Energy.

The project has already commenced the application for the administrative concession of the area of water in the port area from the Tenerife Port Authority, having completed the tender process and moved into the comments phase, which will be analysed in detail.

At the same time, BlueFloat Energy and Capital Energy have conducted presentations for the various local stakeholders with the aim of maximising transparency and territorial integration.

The next step will be to start the characterisation of the offshore wind farm through environmental campaigns and the related Environmental Impact Assessment.

The project is expected to drive a significant additional development in the industrial fabric of the Canary Islands and is expected to generate a considerable amount of skilled local employment from the outset.

The gravity-based foundations will be built in the Port of Granadilla itself, where the turbines will also be assembled, making it an industrial hub for the manufacture of these components.

Furthermore, the project has a strong R&D component, notably due to employing a new gravity-based foundation design, the developers said.

Javier Monfort, Country Manager at BlueFloat Energy, said: ”The Granadilla offshore wind farm project is an unbeatable opportunity to introduce offshore wind energy in port areas, taking advantage of the unique and singular value of these infrastructures. We hope to successfully implement this driving project for the preparation and development of the supply chain in Spain, together with our partner Capital Energy, a leader in onshore solar photovoltaic and wind technology developments.”

Capital Energy currently has a portfolio of wind and solar energy projects on the Iberian Peninsula amounting to approximately 30 GW of power, for which over 8 GW already count on grid
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