Naturgy and Equinor forge floating alliance

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/09/2022 Naturgy

Naturgy and Equinor are working together on the development of the Floating Offshore Wind Canarias (FOWCA) project, with which they aim to install more than 200 MW of floating offshore wind power in ​​eastern Gran Canaria. 

The FOWCA project, which would be connected to the Barranco de Tirajana substation of Red Eléctrica Española, will be developed with semi-submersible floating platform technology. The partners expect that the first offshore wind auction in Spain is expected to take place in the Canary Islands.

Naturgy and Equinor stated they are taking 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 with other marine sectors is essential to implement a project of these dimensions. 

To do this, this week they will present FOWCA to various fishermen's associations and other social entities, in order to establish a dialogue with them that will allow the project to be adapted to the needs of the island.

Naturgy has ten wind farms in operation in the Canary Islands, with a total installed capacity of 75 MW. In 2021 it produced more than 198 GWh of energy, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 56,800 homes. In addition, the company was the highest winner of the auction of the first bidding process for photovoltaic capacity endowed with Feder funds (SolCan), with 44 MW of power, and the second largest winner of the power auctioned in the Canary Islands in the second bidding process of wind capacity endowed with Feder funds (EolCan2), with 20 MW of power. The company plans to reach 14 GW of installed power in 2025, from the current 5.2 GW.

Equinor is currently developing the world's largest fixed-bottom offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, with 3,600 MW of capacity, alongside its project partners. In addition to the UK, it is also developing projects in the US and the Baltic Sea, and is positioned for future floating offshore wind auctions in Europe and Asia.  The company currently operates the world's first floating farm, Hywind Scotland (30MW), to be joined by the end of 2022 by Hywind Tampen (94.6 MW) which is poised to be the world's largest floating wind farm.

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