Norwegian power large Equinor has partnered up with Spanish utility Naturgy to develop and construct a floating offshore wind farm off the coast of the Canary Islands.
The Spanish authorities goals to rework its power combine and plans to develop as much as 3 GW of offshore wind by 2030, with the nation’s first wind public sale anticipated to be within the Canary area in 2023.
Naturgy will contribute with its expertise from onshore wind in Spain and Equinor with its capabilities in floating offshore wind know-how and growth. Equinor put in the first-ever floating offshore wind turbine in 2009 and operates the 30 MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, which started manufacturing in 2017. The corporate additionally has an 88 MW floating wind energy challenge in Norway and is growing an 800 MW floater large in South Korea.
“It’s nice to see the deployment of offshore wind in Spain. 3GW by 2030 is an formidable goal, with floating offshore wind it’s doable. Equinor has a protracted historical past in Spain and Naturgy is a well known associate for Equinor. Collectively we now need to contribute long run to the nation’s renewable power plans and begin by growing the primary business floating offshore wind farm in Spain,” mentioned Equinor’s senior vp for enterprise growth in Renewables, Jens Økland.
Spain performs a key position within the provide chain for offshore wind in the remainder of Europe and Equinor has a protracted historical past of working along with the Spanish offshore provide trade. Key parts just like the floating substructure, the tower, and the mooring at Hywind Scotland have been produced in Spain.