EDF Renewables signs MoU for 2 GW offshore wind complex in Rio Grande do Norte

(epbr) The government of Rio Grande do Norte (RN), EDF Renewables and Internacional Energias Renováveis (IER) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in offshore wind power generation projects and green hydrogen production in the state.

EDF Renewables has ambitions to develop, build and operate a wind farm complex on the high seas, on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte, with an estimated capacity of up to 2 GW and expected to start activities in 2030.

The company already has more than 1 GW in operation and another 10 GW under construction and development in the offshore segment around the world.

“At RN we are committed 24/7 to developing renewable energies and consolidating Porto-Indústria Verde. And we also deal with this directly with the federal government. We have synergy between government and private initiative to move forward. This is a project that has a positive impact on RN, the Northeast and Brazil”, said Governor Fátima Bezerra.

The complex is developed in conjunction with IER, a Potiguar renewable energy generation project company, which has been involved in the development of the project since 2020.

According to André Salgado, CEO of EDF Renewables do Brasil, the company is expanding and diversifying its portfolio in Latin America, and the project in RN is an important step in this direction.

“The signing of the MoU reinforces our presence in the Brazilian Northeast, where we have already made four onshore wind complexes viable, totaling more than 1.4 GW”, he says.

Porto-Indústria Verde

The Porto-Indústria Verde Project, is part of the state’s program for Green Hydrogen launched at the end of March.

According to Fátima Bezerra, “RN has conditions to be the largest producer of green hydrogen at the lowest cost in the world”.

On the same occasion, the government launched the Wind and Solar Atlas of RN, mapping the potential of renewable energies in the state, and an “Open Letter of Renewable Energies for Brazil”.

In offshore wind, the state brings together ten projects with licensing requests at Ibama, totaling 17.8 GW. The government claims that the offshore potential is over 140 GW.

Currently, the biggest projects are Shell, with a total capacity of 3 GW (Galinhos) and Beta Wind, also with 3 GW. Next, Ventos Potiguar, from Internacional Energias, with 2.4 GW, and Ventos do Atlântico with around 2 GW.

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