(TN) Ocean Winds, a 50-50 joint venture between world energy leaders ENGIE and EDP Renewables dedicated to offshore wind power generation, announces the launch of OW Brasil, a wholly owned Brazilian company investing in offshore wind project development opportunities in the country.
Highly interested in Brazil’s 700 GW offshore wind power potential (according to a study by Empresa de Pesquisa Energética, EPE), OW began in December 2020 to license five new offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 15 GW in the states of Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul.
Bautista Rodríguez, CEO of OW Ocean Winds, points out: “With a project portfolio of 11.2 GW in seven countries, OW has positioned itself as a pioneer leader in the offshore wind sector and aims to expand its project pipeline. OW carries out an analysis and rigorous market selection to ensure that only countries with solid fundamentals are selected, and since 2020 Brazil has demonstrated high potential for offshore wind projects. This is reinforced by the latest steps taken in the right direction for the regulatory framework for offshore wind development in the country “.
Regarding the importance of these offshore wind projects for Brazil, Bautista Rodríguez stated that “the development of this new sector of activity in Brazil is an important opportunity to meet the growing demand for energy, develop green hydrogen projects, diversify the energy matrix and thus guarantee the country’s energy security with a renewable source that has a competitive cost to the consumer compared to fossil sources.”
With the support of its sponsors (ENGIE is the second largest private energy company in Brazil and EDPR has 795 MW of wind and solar installed capacity in the country), OW is seeking authorizations for the “License Prévia” (Environmental License ) with IBAMA for the following projects: Vento Tupi (1 GW), Maral (2 GW), Ventos do Atlântico (5 GW), Tramandaí offshore (700 MW), and Ventos do Sul (6.5 GW).
Ocean Winds will be present at the GWEC Brazil Offshore Wind Summit on June 14th.
Details of projects under licensing:
VENTOS DO SUL: OW’s largest offshore wind farm in Brazil with 6.5 GW, located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The project will be divided into two areas fixed to the bottom and one floating. A total of 6,507 MW of capacity will be achieved with 458 turbines in waters from 20 to 108 meters deep and will have the same onshore substation and terrestrial transmission lines.
VENTOS DO ATLÂNTICO: 5 GW offshore wind farm located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, approximately 39 km from the coast. The project will be developed in two phases. The first phase includes 61 wind turbines for a total capacity of 837 MW. The second phase foresees 309 wind turbines for a capacity of 4,172 MW.
MARAL: Offshore project located 17 km from the coast in the State of Rio Grande do Norte with a capacity of 2,102 MW, produced from 149 wind turbines of 13.5 MW each.
VENTO TUPI: offshore wind project located in the state of Piauí. The projected capacity is 999 MW, with 74 wind turbines of 13.5 MW each.
TRAMANDAÍ OFFSHORE: 700 MW project located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is located next to EDPR’s onshore wind project, Tramandaí.