BlueFloat and SENER unveil plans for 300 MW Spanish floating wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 26/10/2021 BlueFloat Energy

BlueFloat Energy and SENER have announced the formation of a joint venture to develop  Mar de Ágata, a 300 MW floating offshore wind farms in Andalusia. It is to be located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the eastern coast of Almería, between the municipalities of Níjar and Carboneras.

The wind farm will be equipped with 20 floating offshore wind turbines, each rated at 15 MW. The maximum estimated height of each wind turbine will be 261 metres above sea level, which will be located more than 15 kilometres away from the main viewpoints of Cabo de Gata (La Amatista and La Isleta del Moro).

The planned cable landing point, SE Litoral, in the municipality of Carboneras, will be located less than 10 kilometres from the site of the wind farm, so the project is not expected to feature an offshore electrical substation. The identification of the site for the project was based on a analysis of the technical and environmental conditions: wind resource, availability of electrical connections with capacity, environmentally protected areas and species, fishing, depths, geomorphology of the seabed, waves, maritime traffic, air navigation and easements of the Ministry of Defence.

In this way, the location of the fishing grounds and the areas where the main fishing fleets operate, in the ports of Almería, Carboneras and Garrucha, have been taken into account, minimizing the possible impact that the installation may have on the fishing activity. The areas of passage of maritime traffic have also been taken into consideration.
The developers stated they are working with the local administrations, stakeholder organizations, associations and the rest of the local entities to reach consensus around the project, in a way that benefits the whole territory and its population in the context of environmental sustainability.

According to the project partners, it would lead to the generation of 3,750 direct jobs and 3,750 indirect jobs during the construction and decommissioning phases, out of which at least 55% are expected to be created in Andalusia. During the operation and maintenance phase, the employment generated would be around 120 jobs per year, of which 60 would be direct.

Moreover, the project was born with the idea of ​​taking advantage of possible synergies with other local projects, and especially with the green hydrogen plant promoted by Caldererías Indálicas. This plant will be executed in two different phases, with a green hydrogen production capacity of up to 20 tons/day, and could cover part of its electricity demand through the energy produced by the offshore wind farm, thus ensuring the green origin of hydrogen production. In return, Mar de Ágata would take advantage of the technical capabilities and facilities of Caldererías Indálicas to manufacture locally part of the floating structures. Likewise, it would trigger the upscaling and capacity-building of the local contractors to support the construction as well as operation and maintenance of the assets.