Ocean Winds, Spanish partner of Disa on the wind fluttering off the Canary Islands
July 23 (Renewables Now) – Ocean Winds, the offshore wind turbine joint venture of EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI: EDPR) and Engie SA (EPA: ENGI), and the Spanish multi-energy group Disa announced on Friday that they have joined forces to develop floating wind projects off the Canary Islands.
Specific details on the partnership and projects were omitted from the joint press release. The parties said their jointly promoted projects “would double the current share of renewables and reduce the cost of generating electricity on the islands.”
The Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, alongside the Balearic Islands, is already benefiting from targeted plans by the Spanish government to increase renewable energy capacity in non-continental territories. According to Ocean Winds and Disa, the Canary Islands are still a long way from renewable energies reaching a substantial share in final energy consumption.
The partners said they look forward to the approval of Spain’s national roadmap for offshore wind and marine energy development, which includes the government’s target of reaching up to 3 GW of wind capacity. floating by 2030.
The potential of Spain to develop wind farms fixed to the bottom is practically non-existent due to the depth of the territorial waters. Ocean Winds and Disa now rely on each other’s strengths to bring wind fluttering around the coasts of the islands.
Disa was born and raised in the Canary Islands with roots dating back to 1933. The company is the operator of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on the islands, distributes petroleum products, operates gas stations and several wind farms through its unit dedicated to renewable energies.
Ocean Winds brings the experience and corporate strength of energy giants EDPR and Engie, and in particular their joint work on the Windfloat Atlantic 25 MW floating wind farm off Portugal.
The partners believe their alliance and joint projects will spur job creation and strengthen the industrial sector in the Canary Islands, they said.