Colombia unveils offshore wind permit plans

The Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy has released its Offshore Wind Resolution that sets out the competitive process for awarding Temporary Occupation Permits which provide exclusive rights for the exploration and development of offshore wind projects.

The Resolution also provides further details on Colombia's first allocation round, to conclude in 2023, including the area to be offered to applicants. It will see interested parties apply to secure permits for exclusive rights to explore proposed offshore wind development zones in Bolívar and Atlántico. The process will be overseen by DIMAR (Dirección General Marítima Colombiana), the Colombian Maritime Authority.

Once a permits has been secured, interested parties can assess the feasibility of an offshore wind development. They would need to secure further licences and maritime concessions before moving forward with construction.

Back in May, the President and the Minister of Mining & Energy launched Colombia’s offshore wind roadmap. According to the roadmap, Colombia could install 1 GW by 2030, 3 GW by 2040, and 9 GW by 2050. It also claimed the country has the potential for up to 50 GW.

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