Spanish utility Iberdrola has submitted a request for government environmental impact guidance on two neighbouring floating wind projects totalling 980MW, located around 15km off Spain's northern coast, in the Galicia region.
The two projects, San Brandán and San Cibrao, each powered at 490MW in Galicia's Lugo province, will absorb an estimated €3billion investment, including feed-in power lines and two onshore substations.
Iberdrola, which claims a 30GW global offshore wind project pipeline, has not yet replied to Windpower Monthly's enquiries on the projects.
The news — initially revealed by local newspaper Galiciapress and later confirmed by the Ministry for Ecological Transition — follows Iberdrola's February announcement that it had identified 2GW of floating offshore wind opportunities off the coast of Spain, targeting Galicia, Andalusia and the Canary Islands.
Iberdrola's February announcement included plans for a €1 billion 300MW floating project, with which the company expects to create 2,800 jobs across 66 companies and nine Spanish regions.
The utility is applying for partial financing for all its offshore projects under the EU's €750 million Next Generation post-Covid-19 recovery programme.
For all its offshore projects, Iberdrola has partnered with a series of Spanish firms, including shipbuilder Navantia, a major European supplier of offshore turbine jacket platforms; wind plant control group Ingeteam; and turbine foundation and tower manufacturer Windar.
Despite its large onshore fleet, now standin at more than 28GW, Spain currently has no commercial offshore wind power, largely due to the five-year freeze on wind projects under the former conservative government 2011-2018.
As part of the current socialist government's national energy and climate plan (NECP), submitted to the EU, Spain aims to have 50.3GW of wind capacity by 2030.
While the NECP still has no specific target for offshore wind, the government is currently drafting an offshore wind roadmap for publication this year.
National wind association AEE estimates 2-3GW of offshore wind capacity potential in Spain to 2030, mainly using floating platforms, given the extreme water depths close to Spanish shores.
Iberdrola's current projects would take the lion's share of that.