Equinor and Naturgy have partnered to participate in the first Spanish offshore wind energy auction off the coast of the Canary Islands.
The auction is expected to take place in 2023 are the two companies are jointly assessing the opportunity to develop and build a floating offshore wind project.
Equinor will share its proven capabilities in floating offshore wind technology and development while Naturgy will contribute its onshore wind experience in Spain.
Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Vice President Floating Offshore Wind said: “As operator and developer of floating offshore wind farms we know the technology works and we believe our floating experience makes us uniquely qualified to contribute to the development of floating offshore wind in Spain in a safe, sustainable and efficient way together with our partner.
“We look forward to collaborating further with the Spanish industry. Collaboration with ocean users is important to ensure co-existence with this developing industry.”
The auction supports the Spanish Government’s ambition to transform its energy mix and plan to develop up to 3GW of offshore wind by 2030.
Jorge Barredo, managing director of Renewables, New Businesses and Innovation in Naturgy added: “The development of floating wind opens a window of opportunity for Spain, allowing it to take advantage of locations away from the coast, with excellent wind resources, acting as a tractor of the economy through key sectors such as naval or civil.
“It is an energy and industrial opportunity so Spain would seize this through the reconciliation of all interests linked to maritime activities.”