IER plans 2.7-GW offshore wind project in Rio Grande do Norte

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September 14 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian renewable energy company Internacional Energias Renovaveis Ltda (IER) plans to develop a 2.7-GW offshore wind complex, linked with green hydrogen production, in Rio Grande do Norte state.

The announcement was made on Monday by the local government during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the parties.

According to IER’s executive director Gibran Dantas, the firm will invest some BRL 18 billion (USD 3.4bn/EUR 2.9bn) to implement the Ventos Potiguar Offshore Wind Complex, as it is named.

The project calls for the installation of five wind parks with 207 turbines combined in total, in an area that is 8 km off the coast of Pedra Grande and Sao Bento do Norte municipalities.

At present, Ventos Potiguar is in the advanced stages with federal regulators Ibama and the Union Heritage Secretariat (SPU). It will soon start its review process by Rio Grande do Norte's environmental agency Idema.

(BRL 1.0 = USD 0.191/EUR 0.162)

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