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    Greenalia completes the geophysical campaign for its first floating wind farm in Canary waters

    May 16, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      The technical study, carried out by the Canary Islands company ECOS, will allow to advance in the detailed design of the floating structures, as well as to obtain more detailed environmental information on the implementation area. According to Greenalia, the results of this campaign "have confirmed the analysis carried out within the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), prepared in 2020". The study has also allowed to obtain "a better knowledge of the biodiversity of the seabed in the implementation area". According to the Galician company, this work has shown "the compatibility with the environment and the reduced environmental impact that the project could generate, as already stated in the Environmental Impact Study".

      ECOS has carried out the study over two months during which "a highly accurate bathymetric and morphological survey of the seabed has been carried out, which has allowed to advance in the in-depth analysis of the benthic communities (the different aquatic ecosystems) and the underwater archaeology". For this purpose, it has had the additional support of an unmanned underwater vehicle. ECOS -Greenalia explains- has also used a Geopulse underwater research system for the characterization of the marine substrates in the deployment area.

      This award is part of the collaboration agreement that Greenalia signed last year with the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands (of which ECOS is a member) for the transfer of experience and knowledge in the field of offshore wind energy, especially floating wind energy.

      These advances in the offshore wind project promoted by the Galician company were presented by the deputy director of Greenalia, María Moreno, during the conference on offshore wind energy, organized by the GointerHub in Ferrol.


      The Gofio wind farm has a power of 50 MW, capable of generating enough electricity - Greenalia estimates - to meet the demand of more than 70,000 homes. The company also estimates that this clean energy will avoid the emission of 140,000 tons of CO2 per year, which would be generated by thermal power plants producing the same amount of electricity but burning fossil fuels.

      According to Greenalia, the future impact of the Gofio wind farm on the Canary Islands economy will also be positive. The company estimates that during the development, construction and operation process a "significant number of direct and indirect jobs" will be generated, which will contribute to the development of the green economy in the region, where the company Blue Lines Renewables, based in Gran Canaria, acts as a strategic and technological partner.

      In the Canary Islands Energy Strategy 2015-2025 (EECan25), the Canary Islands Government has set a target of 310 marine megawatts.


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