Saitec unveils Mediterranean floating wind plans

Saitec is developing a pre-commercial pilot park with a total potential capacity of 50MW in the Mediterranean Sea in 2025. The five turbines will use SATH technology in open sea in Girona, specifically in an area located more than 15 km from Cap de Creus on the Costa Brava (Catalonia).

Medfloat Pilot Parc started with the presentation of the Initial Project Document for assessment by the competent environmental body, which will answer with information on the of the environmental impact study (EIS). However, Saitec is already drafting the EIS.

According to Saitec its Medfloat Pilot Parc will involve the creation of test infrastructure in the Levantino-Balearic Demarcation for the testing, demonstration, and validation of SATH technology. It also aims to demonstrate the technical, environmental and social feasibility of future developments of floating offshore wind energy, and particularly of SATH technology, in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, it aims to become a pioneering project to investigate the possibilities of shared use with other activities, especially with fishing and aquaculture, as well as the promotion of employment and boost the supply chain of offshore wind energy in Catalonia.

The selected installation area has been provisionally defined as Priority Use for offshore wind power in the Maritime Spatial Planning Plans of Spanish Government. At the same time, meets the right wind and depth conditions to launch this project.

Medfloat Pilot Parc follows the development of the 2 MW DemoSATH project, which is currently under construction in the port of Bilbao. The objective of this pilot project, carried out in collaboration with RWE, is to test the technology and progress in the industrialised manufacturing process for this solution.

DemoSATH will be installed in the BiMEP test area (Biscay, Spain), where tests will be carried out for two years, providing information for the environmental evaluation of MedFloat. DemoSATH will be the first floating offshore wind turbine connected to the Spanish grid and capable to provide power to 2,000 homes.

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