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Spain: RWE to support Port of A Coruña in its ambitions to become a world-class logistic hub for floating offshore wind

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• Letter of Support signed between RWE and the Port Authority
• Port to become logistic hub for the marshalling, assembly and deployment of floating offshore wind components
• Clear commitment to support commercial-scale industrial growth in Spain

Bilbao, 19 March 2024

RWE has joined forces with the Port Authority of A Coruña to facilitate the scaling-up of the port capacity in support of the Spanish Government’s floating wind targets. Spain calls for the deployment of three gigawatts of floating offshore wind capacity by 2030 and plans to carry out its first auction, in the Canary region this year.

Working together under a Letter of Support the partners will investigate the potential for transforming infrastructure at the Port of Coruña, in northwest Spain, into a logistic hub for the marshalling, assembly and deployment of major components for commercial-scale floating offshore wind projects. An early development of port capacity will ensure that Spain is well placed to maximise the potential of the floating offshore wind industry in Spain, Portugal and even at a wider European level. This collaboration demonstrates a clear commitment to share knowledge and expertise, in support of broader industrial growth in Spain.

Martín Fernández Prado, Executive Chairman at Port Authority of A Coruña: “We are proud that RWE, one of the world leading companies in offshore wind, supports us in our development to become a world-class logistical hub for floating offshore wind. Located on the main international maritime routes our deep water port is suitable for the marshalling, assembly and deployment of main components, like floating substructures and mooring systems. We are well positioned to cover the future needs of the growing floating wind industry.”

Marta Carroza Diaz, Head of Floating Wind Industrialisation & Engineering, RWE Offshore Wind: “Port capacity and a sustainable supply chain industry are key to the deployment of commercial-scale floating offshore wind projects. That is why we support the Port of Coruña in its ambition to become a logistic hub for floating wind projects off the Spanish coast and beyond. Already today key components for European wind projects come from Spain – making the wind energy a key sector of the country’s economy, creating chances for investment, regional and national growth, and skilled jobs. Floating wind will further strength this position.”

RWE is leading the way towards cost competitive commercial-scale floating wind

RWE’s ambition is to safely develop, build and operate cost-competitive floating offshore wind project across the world and has already secured a commercial-scale floating wind lease off the Californian coast. RWE is also involved in two high-profile demonstration projects in Norway and Spain, where the DemoSATH Demonstrator was successfully commissioned in 2023 two miles off the Basque coastline. DemoSATH was the first floating wind turbine connected to the Spanish grid. Recently, RWE has partnered with Ferrovial, a sustainable infrastructure and mobility company, to jointly develop, construct and operate floating offshore wind farms off the Spanish coast. Furthermore, RWE is exploring floating wind in other European markets, America and the APAC region.

Please direct enquiries to

Sarah Knauber
Spokesperson
RWE Offshore Wind GmbH
T +49 (0) 201 5179 5404
E sarah.knauber@rwe.com

RWE

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