Brazil's Ibama extends public consultation period for offshore wind framework

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

April 3 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) has extended to April 30 from April 9 the public consultation aimed at helping shape up the legal framework for the development of offshore wind projects.

Ibama says on its website it seeks feedback that will help it create a Term of Reference (TR) model to guide the elaboration of the environmental impact studies of offshore wind complexes.

At the end of January, state-owned energy research firm EPE published a study showing that Brazil's offshore wind potential at water depths of up to 50 metres amounts to 700 GW.

According to the document named Roadmap Eolica Offshore Brasil, the country will have to introduce new environmental licensing procedures and increase the number of vessels suitable for the transportation, installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.

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