Naturgy and Equinor are working together in the development of the Floating Offshore Wind Canarias (FOWCA) project, with which they want to opt for the installation of more than 200 MW of floating offshore wind in the maritime space of the east of Gran Canaria.
Both companies, which signed a collaboration agreement last March, are launching the FOWCA project, which will be connected to Red Eléctrica's Barranco de Tirajana substation. The plant is to be developed with semi-submersible floating platform technology, which, among other advantages, allows the structures to be installed further away from the coast.
This offshore wind farm would reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to 350,000 cars per year. According to the study commissioned to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it is estimated that the project could generate more than 2,500 jobs in all its phases, including direct, indirect and induced jobs.
Spain's first offshore wind auction is expected to take place in the Canary Islands, as the region offers excellent wind conditions. Also, the islands have a shipyard industry that could transform its activity from oil platforms to offshore renewable energy platforms, as part of the manufacturing and assembly could be carried out in local shipyards.
Naturgy and Equinor aim to take into account all social, environmental and economic sensitivities. The two companies consider that the coexistence, compatibility and cooperation of marine renewable energies with biodiversity and other marine sectors is essential to implement a project of these dimensions.
To this end, FOWCA will be presented this week to various fishermen's guilds and other social entities, in order to establish a dialogue with them to adapt the project to the needs of the island.
The delegate of Naturgy Renovables in the Canary Islands, Sergio Auffray, and the development director for Spain of Equinor, Javier Díez, presented today the alliance of the two energy companies in the framework of a business day organized by the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands and the Canary Islands Federation of Port Companies (FEDEPORT).