In the midst of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, Malaga could become a strategic enclave to advance towards the carbon neutrality required by Europe by 2050.
The Alboran Sea could host a large floating offshorewind farm , which would be located between 25 and 40 kilometers off the coast of Malaga and Cadiz, with an installed capacity of 990 megawatts (MW).
The project is called Nao Victoria and is being promoted by the IberBlue Wind group, formed by the Irish company Simply Blue Group and the Spanish companies Proes Consultores and FF New Energy Ventures. The project, by the way, has already been submitted to the Ministry of Ecological Transition. According to the consortium, cooperation with the ports of Malaga and Cadiz will be key.
The portfolio of Teresa Ribera is already analyzing the Initial Project Document (DIP), which includes the technical aspects, while the company has already established initial contacts with regional and local institutions and groups in the area, as reported in a statement.
The objective, they assure, is "to gather all the contributions and provide the project with the maximum transparency and integration in the territory".
This offshore wind farm will have 55 wind turbines and will occupy 310 square kilometers, a pioneering renewable energy station "which could supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes".
It will also be a floating wind farm, as it will not have a fixed base but will be supported by platforms anchored to the seabed.
According to the company, this technology allows the wind turbines to be located at greater depths in the sea, thus solving the main obstacle presented by the narrow continental shelf of the Iberian Peninsula, with very deep waters even though they are close to the coast, preventing the installation of fixed structures.
"Andalusia is an area with great potential for development in floating offshore wind energy and with this wind farm we want to contribute to the region's position as a benchmark for offshore wind", says IberBlue Wind's vice-president, Adrián de Andrés.
The Nao Victoria project, in homage to the ship of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth in the 16th century, is the first of the projects with which IberBlue Wind will present itself at the public auctions, which should take place in the coming months.
However, it is not the only one of IberBlue Wind, which is currently working on the development of other projects in Galicia and Portugal.
At the end of last year, the government approved its Roadmap for the Development of Offshore Wind and Marine Energy in Spain, a plan to "boost the technological and R&D development" of green energy that uses natural marine resources.
Among its lines of action is the goal of reaching between 1 and 3 GW of floating offshore wind power by 2030, that is, 40% of the European Union's target for the end of the decade.