Spanish offshore wind developer BlueFloat Energy aims to develop seven offshore wind farms off the coast of Colombia with a combined capacity of 5.2GW.
It is developing the Vientos Alisios project off Colombia’s Atlantic and Bolívar departments in collaboration with Enerxia Renovables, its strategic partner in the country.
The project, which could become one of the country’s first offshore wind projects, has a planned capacity of up to 500MW. It gained pre-feasibility status from the Colombian energy ministry in January 2021 and secured an offer to connect 200MW to the grid in April 2022.
BlueFloat claims Vientos Alisios is Colombia’s “most advanced” offshore wind farm. It is also developing six other offshore wind farms off Colombia, but has not provided further details on these projects.
It joins other European developers in targeting Colombia's nascent offshore wind sector. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is also developing a 350MW project in Colombian waters, having signed a memorandum of understanding with the city government of Barranquilla for the $1 billion project.
BlueFloat has also pledged to support the Colombian government as it charts the path to offshore wind deployment under a new roadmap.
The roadmap, which was released for consultation earlier this year, highlights a potential for 50GW of offshore wind development along the northern coast of Colombia. Drafted in collaboration with the World Bank, Denmark and the UK, it estimates investment in the country of $27 billion by 2050, creating 26,000 jobs.
“BlueFloat Energy is the partner that Colombia needs to meet its target of reducing its carbon emissions between 20% and 51% by 2030,” said Carlos Martín, chief executive of BlueFloat Energy, who participated in the launch event of Colombia’s roadmap and put forward some recommendations on how to shape Colombia’s regulatory framework in order to enable rapid offshore wind deployment.
“BlueFloat Energy invests in Colombia because it believes in the potential of the country. Colombia has a privileged location for the development of offshore wind projects and has an outstanding wind resource,” said Armando Politi, BlueFloat Energy’s country manager for Colombia.
The Colombian government has said it will be launching a tender process to award marine areas for offshore wind development.