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    BlueFloat Energy and Capital Energy launch Spain's first offshore wind farm in Tenerife's port waters


    June 20, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Two Spanish companies, Capital Energy and BlueFloat, a developer specialized in offshore wind power technology, will jointly promote the Granadilla offshore wind farm in Tenerife, which they present as "the first 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 120 million euros. Granadilla will have a capacity of 50 MW, distributed in five turbines of ten megawatts of capacity (10 MW) whose installation will employ a solution of fixed gravity foundations built in concrete, based on the use of the Elisa technology developed by the Canary Islands engineering company Esteyco. According to the press release issued by Capital Energy, "the bulk of the clean energy generated by this wind farm will be used for the self-consumption of the port facilities and their concessionaires, as part of the commitment of the Tenerife Port Authority to the decarbonization of its operations".

      The project has already initiated, before the Port Authority of Tenerife, the procedure for the administrative concession of the sheet of water in the port area, having completed the competition process and being in the phase of receiving comments. At the same time, BlueFloat and Capital Energy have held presentation sessions with the different local agents in order to provide the project with "maximum transparency and integration with the territory". The next step will be to initiate the characterization of the offshore wind farm through environmental campaigns and the corresponding Environmental Impact Study.

      According to its promoters, the Granadilla offshore wind farm will have "an important tractor effect on the industrial fabric of the Canary Islands" and will promote the creation of "a considerable volume of qualified local employment from the beginning". The foundations will be built in the Port of Granadilla, where the assembly of the turbines will also be carried out, positioning the island -explain Capital Energy- as "an industrial pole for the manufacture of these components, thanks to its strategic location to supply the demand in the national and international market". In addition, the project has a strong R&D component, especially because it uses a new fixed foundation design.

      Pablo Alcón Valero, Head of Offshore at Capital Energy: "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 starting signal for offshore wind in Spain and we are pleased to co-develop it with BlueFloat Energy, a Spanish company of recognized prestige in the industry".

      Javier Monfort, Director for Spain at BlueFloat Energy: "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, being a tractor project for the preparation and development of the supply chain in Spain, which we hope to develop successfully together with our partners Capital Energy, leader in onshore developments in solar photovoltaic and wind technology".

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      Capital Energy currently declares in the Iberian Peninsula "a portfolio of wind and solar projects exceeding 30 gigawatts (GW) of power, of which more than 8 GW have already been granted grid access permits". The Spanish company, with more than twenty years of activity behind it, is present throughout the entire value chain of renewable generation: from promotion, where the company has a consolidated position thanks to its 20-year track record, to construction, production, storage, operation and supply. The company has 16 offices in Spain and Portugal with around 360 employees.

      BlueFloat Energy, a Spanish company, develops offshore wind projects in various regions of the world. The company boasts "a team with unparalleled experience in the design, development, financing, construction and execution of offshore wind projects".

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