Spanish floating wind company Saitec has begun work on the development of a floating windfarm off the Basque coast of Spain that could be the first to use 15-MW wind turbines
The Green Energy Research for Offshore Atlantic (GEROA) project will use three 15-MW turbines on concrete foundations developed by Saitec.
The windfarm is expected to become operational in 2025, will be built 10 km off the coast of Spain and is being promoted by ITSAS Wind, part of Saitec group. An environmental impact assessment formally commenced 14 June 2021.
Saitec said it sees the pilot project as an intermediate step towards constructing large-scale commercial projects in Spanish waters. It describes the GEROA project as “the natural next step” for the company after the 2-MW DemoSATH prototype project that is currently under construction at Port of Bilbao. This 2-MW DemoSATH is due to be tested for two years at BiMEP, the Biscay Marine Energy Platform.
Saitec Offshore director of operations David Carrascosa said, “It is of vital importance to develop pre-commercial projects such as GEROA that serve as a testbed, not only for industry, but for the authorities, so that together we can gain experience before auctions for commercial-scale projects.”