Portuguese Prime Minister affirms offshore wind auction plans

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 24/01/2023 4C Offshore
António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal, confirmed that the country will hold its first international offshore wind energy auction in the last quarter of this year. He also revealed the government will open the public hearing of the proposals for the delimitation of deployment areas this week.

It follows news last year the Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment and Energy Transition set a target for 10 GW of offshore wind by 2030 with all 10 GW to be tendered in 2023.

Currently only one offshore wind farm is operating off the Portuguese coast, the 25 MW
WindFloat Atlantic. The project's was among the world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farms and is led by the Windplus consortium, comprising EDP Renewables (54.4%), ENGIE (25%), Repsol (19.4%) and Principle Power Inc. (1.2%). Windplus installed and connected three floating wind platforms - measuring 30 m in height with a 50 m distance between columns. Each is able to accommodate an 8.4 MW turbine, the largest ever installed on a floating platform.

It followed the
WindFloat 1, near Póvoa do Varzim, which was installed back in 2011. The project was a full life cycle demonstration featuring a Vestas V-80 2 MW turbine, and was decommissioned in 2020.

Further offshore wind projects to be installed in Portuguese waters are currently in the early planning phase of development. Baywa r.e. is planning to build a 600 MW subsidy free project in a dedicated zone for renewable energy off the coast of Viana do Castelo. This includes the Marine Power Systems (MPS) and WavEC plans for the Pelaflex demonstration at the Aguçadoura test site.

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