Brazil's state of Ceara reports progress with 15-MW offshore wind project

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July 26 (Renewables Now) – A pilot project to install the first offshore wind turbine off the coast of the Brazilian state of Ceara is in advanced stages of environmental and other licensing procedures, the state government said.

The 15-MW project results from the partnership between Chinese wind turbine maker and clean energy solutions company Ming Yang Smart Energy Group Ltd (SHA:601615), Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem SpA (BIT:SPM) and Brazilian-Italian outfit BI Participacoes e Investimentos.

The Ceara state secretariat for economic development and labour (Sedet) recently held a meeting with the companies' representatives on the topic of licensing,the government said through Sedet.

The project will be located near the Port of Pecem, which is expected to become a major hub for Brazil’s green hydrogen production.

The licensing procedure can take up to one year. Afterwards, it may take another six months for the turbine to be installed and operational.

Depending on certain conditions, the 15-MW pilot project could feature two additional turbines of varying capacity in order to test different models of offshore wind turbines, the government stated.

At present, there are over 6 GW of offshore wind projects proposed for installation of Ceara's coast in the permitting process with environmental regulator Ibama. These wind farms would be used in the production of green hydrogen, Sedet secretary Francisco de Queiroz Maia Junior added.

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