Spain's Saitec plans 50-MW floating wind pilot in the Mediterranean

An array of floating wind turbines using Saitec's SATH platform - illustration. Image by Saitec Offshore Technologies (www.saitec-offshore.com)

June 6 (Renewables Now) - Spanish engineering firm Saitec has announced its plans to develop a 50-MW pre-commercial pilot floating wind project off the coast of Catalonia in 2025.

The proposed Medfloat Pilot Parc project would use five offshore wind turbines mounted on Saitec’s SATH floating platforms and deployed in the Mediterranean Sea some 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from the Cap de Creus peninsula.

Saitec said that it has submitted the initial project document for assessment by the competent environmental body, and that the environmental impact study is in the works.

Through the Medfloat Pilot Parc project, Saitec will aim to create test infrastructure in the Levantino-Balearic Demarcation for the testing, demonstration and validation of the SATH technology. It will also seek to demonstrate the technical, environmental and social feasibility of future floating wind projects, and particularly those using the SATH technology, in the Mediterranean.

The project will also be used to investigate the possibilities of shared use with other sea-based activities, such as fishing and aquaculture.

The selected installation area has been provisionally defined as “priority use” for offshore wind power in the Spanish government’s maritime spatial plan, and it also boasts the right wind and depth conditions to this kind of project, Saitec added.

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