Simply Blue set to explore offshore wind in Spain and Portugal

Irish blue economy developer in floating offshore wind, Simple Blue Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Spanish companies Proes Consultores and FF New Energy Venture (FF NEV), with the intention to explore floating offshore wind opportunities in Spain and Portugal.

The floating wind market in Spain got a kick start recently with the publication of the draft Marine Spatial Plan and Marine Energy roadmap 2021. Spain is seen as an attractive market for the development of floating offshore wind due to its outstanding wind resource, longstanding coastal engineering, and civil works heritage, as well as superb supply chain capabilities.

Simply Blue Group, Proes Consultores, and FF NEV say that they each bring complementary expertise to the MOU, and will together explore more than 2 GW of opportunities across Spain and Portugal.

Adrian De Andres, director of market development at Simply Blue Group said: “As leaders in floating offshore wind, we believe we can bring our extensive experience to the Spanish and Portuguese market in terms of lessons learned from our early floating wind projects in the UK and Ireland. We look forward to working alongside Proes Consultores and FF NEV to explore these opportunities in Spain and Portugal. The Spanish marine energy roadmap highlighted supply chain development as a key area of opportunity for Spain, and the potential growth of local jobs, as well as within this consortium, is a topic which we have focused on since the early stages.”

Ignacio Sanchidrián, executive general manager of Proes Consultores, said: “At Proes, we believe that renewable energy and floating offshore wind have a key role to play in our growth strategy. Within our organisation, we have broad expertise in coastal engineering, renewable energy, and environmental impact assessment. In Proes, we have participated in some of the pioneering offshore wind projects in the North of Europe, and we believe we have a lot to bring to this consortium for the development of opportunities in our home market, Spain.”

Manuel Fernandez de Castro, CEO of FF NEV, said: “Floating wind is complementary to solar energy from an energy mix perspective, and we believe our renewable energy development experience in Spain can strengthen this consortium. Energy security is paramount in the landscape we currently live in, and we believe the addition of floating offshore wind to our portfolio is the right step to help Spain reach its net-zero ambitions.”

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