The developer provided technical characteristics for the project in its IPD to Spain’s ecological transition ministry.
IberBlue is a joint venture specialising in floating wind farms to operate in the Iberian market, aiming to “position Spain and Portugal as leaders in this field of renewables”. It comprises Irish company Simply Blue Group, Spain’s Proes Consultores, the engineering division of Grupo Amper and renewable project developer FF New Energy Venture.
La Pinta will have an area of 316km2 and will be located 15-35km from the coast. The global investment required for the construction and maintenance of the wind farm will be more than €2.5 billion.
Julio Vera, stakeholder engagement and policy director at IberBlue Wind said: “Andalusia is a key area for offshore wind development in Spain. It has a great wind resource, good infrastructure and potential capacity to become a benchmark for this kind of project. The coasts of Granada and Almeria have favourable conditions for offshore wind farms, although it will be necessary to reinforce the electricity network in the surrounding area to take all the energy generated”.
The name La Pinta is in tribute to one of the three sailing ships used in Christopher Columbus’s trip to America. It is the second offshore wind farm IberBlue Wind is developing in Andalusia after the 990MW Nao Victoria project off the coasts of Malaga and Cadiz.
IberBlue Wind has proposed three more projects in the region totalling nearly 2GW, including Portugal’s first offshore wind farm and the first cross-border wind projects off Spain and Portugal.