New offshore wind project in Espírito Santo

Sept 18, 2020

Another offshore wind farm project is being developed, this time on the coast of Espírito Santo – confirming the rush of companies for a place in this new frontier of renewable energy generation in the country.

Votu Winds, a newly created company, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, sees the possibility of installing parks with 480 MW, in three phases, totaling 1.440 MW of installed capacity.

The company opted for a region with intense offshore activity, thanks to port complexes, cargo handling and oil and gas exploration and production activities.

Votu Winds parks are designed for the region between the municipalities of Itapemirim, Marataízes and Presidente Kennedy, in the south of Espírito Santo, close to the border with Rio de Janeiro

They are between Porto do Açu, in Norte Fluminense, and Porto Central, in Espírito Santo, which can serve as bases for the construction, installation and operation of wind turbines.

Initially, it plans to install 48 turbines with 10 MW of capacity in each park. The project considered the characteristics of the SG 10.0-193 DD turbines from Siemens Gamesa, but the company sees the possibility of gains in scale, with the installation of more powerful wind turbines.

Information is contained in documents sent to the licensing bodies, which epbr had access to.

Higher capacity wind turbines are a trend both among new project developers, such as Brazilians, and wind farm operators in more consolidated markets, such as Europe or Asia.

Neoenergia, for example, considers wind turbines of 15 MW in the licensing of parks in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará, complexes that total 9 GW of capacity.

Equinor, in turn, opted for 12 MW turbines for Aracatu I and Aracatu II, in Rio de Janeiro. It foresees a total potential of 4 GW to 6.7 GW – remembering that they are still projects in the environmental licensing phase.

In fact, Daniel Schumacker, Business Developer at Equinor, made a presentation in the August Transition Dialogues, precisely, about the gains in scale in projects like Hywind, an effort to develop offshore parks in deeper waters, with more constant winds and  more powerful turbines.

16.7 GW of power offshore

 With the addition of 1.44 GW from Vestu Winds, Brazil reaches 16.7 GW of offshore wind power generation capacity in projects at different stages of maturity.

Currently, wind farms generating energy on land have 16.1 GW of installed power, out of a total of 26.4 GW granted by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel).

Wind power is the 3rd largest source in capacity, with 13% of all power granted – behind thermal plants, with 25%, and hydroelectric plants, with 49%.

Below the parks and total capacities by company, considering the projects under development, without taking into account the licensing situation:

Neoenergy: Águas Claras (RS), Maravilha (RJ) and Jangada (CE) complexes, with 9 GW;

Equinor: Aracatu 1 and 2 parks in Rio de Janeiro, with 4 GW, which can reach 4.7 GW;

BI Energia, Camocim and Caucaia-Parazinho, both in Ceará, with 1.5 GW;

Votu Winds, with three parks in Espírito Santo and 1.4 GW;

Eolicas do Brasil, in Asa Branca, also in Ceará, with 0.7 GW;

Source: epbr

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