Canaries chosen for Spain’s first floating wind farm from 2024
The Canary Islands will host the first large offshore wind farm in Spain, launched by the Equinor company, which will invest more than 860 million euros in the project over the next few years.
The decision of this com-pany, which has been authorised to settle in the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), is the result of the actions undertaken in recent years by the Government of the Canary Islands to raise awareness of the ability of the islands to become a reference for the development of offshore wind in Spain and in Europe.
In particular, the interest of the Norwegian multinational in the islands arose from the contacts that the president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, and the Minister of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Knowledge, Pedro Ortega, maintained in De-cember 2017 with companies in the offshore sector.
Since then, the represen-tatives of Equinor have held multiple meetings with the Canary Islands Government to finalise procedures and other aspects necessary for the implementation of the project.
Pedro Ortega said the future installation of Equinor “is an important support for the energy policy that we have developed from the Govern-ment of the Canary Islands in order to advance to consoli-date a more sustainable model and position the Canary Islands as a spearhead in the development of wind tech-nology offshore, taking advantage of the endogenous advantages of the archipelago and the interest that com-panies in the sector have in investing in new R + D + i projects”.
He also assured that, apart from Equinor, there are more requests from companies that are interested in using the Canary Islands as a test bank.
The company Equinor follows the trail of other companies in the sector, linked to development and research, which have chosen the Canary Islands to test and test new prototypes of offshore wind only in the world, taking advantage of the advantages offered by the islands for the development of this type of energy. This is the case of the first marine wind turbine in Spain, with 5 MW of power, which is installed in front of the Jinámar facilities, and the first floating wind platform in Spain designed by a con-sortium of international com-panies and European funds, which same month will be tested in the experimental area of the Canary Oceanic Platform.
The floating marine park projected by Equinor includes an installed capacity of 200 MW, equivalent to one third of the total renewable power installed on the islands.
Its implementation could take place in 2024 and generate between 120 and 200 jobs during the 20 years of life of the park, in addition to jobs of a temporary and limited nature that would involve the previous phase of processing and construction.