The project, called Nao Victoria, will be in the Alboran Sea, off the coasts of Cadiz and Malaga, and will occupy an area of 310 m2
IberBlue Wind, a joint venture set up to develop floating offshore wind farms on the Iberian Peninsula, has chosen the waters off Andalusia to develop the first of its offshore wind projects. The wind farm, named Nao Victoria, will occupy an area of 310 km2 in the Alboran Sea (the westernmost part of the Mediterranean Sea). It will be located off the coasts of Cadiz and Malaga and will have 55 floating offshore wind turbines and an installed capacity of 990 MW, which could supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes.
The implementation of this project will require close collaboration with the nearby ports of Cadiz and Malaga and will play an important role in employment generation, as it will allow the creation of thousands of jobs. Of these, the vast majority will go to the development and construction phase of the wind farm, and the rest to the operation and maintenance of the wind turbines during the years of operation.
IberBlue Wind has already sent the Initial Project Document (IPD), which includes its technical characteristics, to the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO). At the same time, it has initiated contacts with regional and local institutions, as well as with groups in the area, in order to gather all the contributions and provide the project with maximum transparency and integration in the territory.
The Nao Victoria offshore wind farm will be located 25-40 km from the coast, which will reduce the impact of the installation, which will be supported by floating platforms anchored to the seabed. This technology allows the wind turbines to be located deeper in the sea, which overcomes the difficulty posed by the narrow continental shelf of the Iberian Peninsula.
“Andalusia is an area with great potential for development of floating offshore wind energy and with this wind project we want to contribute to the region’s positioning on the offshore wind sector”, says Adrián de Andrés, IberBlue Wind vice president.
Revitalisation of Andalusia’s economic model
IberBlue Wind’s commitment to Andalusia will make a significant contribution to boosting the region’s economic model. This area, together with Galicia, is one of the strategic development objectives of the joint venture.
The joint venture is made up of the Irish company Simply Blue Group, a developer with extensive international experience in the blue economy, specifically in floating offshore wind turbines, and the Spanish companies Proes Consultores, the engineering division of the Amper Group, and FF NEV, a leader in the development and promotion of renewable projects on the peninsula.
Nao Victoria is named after the ship of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth in the 16th century and is the first of the projects launched by IberBlue Wind which will present itself at the public auctions, due to take place in the coming months.
In addition to Andalusia, IberBlue Wind is working on the development of other projects in Galicia and Portugal, another strategic area for the consortium. The joint venture also aspires to become a benchmark in the Portuguese market, where it has placed the main focus on the North and Central areas, due to their high wind resource.
About IberBlue Wind
IberBlue Wind is a joint venture developing offshore ﬂoating wind farm projects for the Iberian market. The partners are Simply Blue Group, a leader in offshore floating wind energy globally, and Spanish companies Proes Consultores, the engineering division of Grupo Amper, and FF New Energy Ventures (FF NEV), a developer of renewable projects. IberBlue’s objective is to help Spain and Portugal position themselves as leaders in this field of renewable energies.
Using its knowledge of the market and its extensive experience in the area of offshore wind farm development, IberBlue Wind will take advantage of the greater intensity of offshore wind to generate clean and efficient electricity from renewable sources.
To this end, IberBlue Wind aims to develop around 2GW of offshore wind energy capacity off the peninsula comprised of wind farms each of 500MW or more.
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