MUNICH, Germany — BayWa r.e. is closing on official authorization for what it claims will be Portugal’s first commercial-scale floating offshore wind project and the first subsidy-free development of its type worldwide.
This follows initial discussions and consultations with the Portuguese government and local groups.
The company officially applied to secure the rights for an exclusive use of the seabed, in a dedicated zone off the coast of Viana do Castelo, to develop a wind farm with 30 turbines outputting up to 600 MW in total.
BayWa r.e. added that it intends to support the creation of a global floating offshore wind supply chain in Portugal using existing local infrastructure. Thus, the project would involve a power purchase agreement.
Elsewhere in western Europe, the company has the rights to develop the 960-MW Buchan wind project off Scotland’s northeast coast and has pre-qualified for two floating offshore wind tenders in France, including a 250-MW project off southern Brittany, as well as two others in the Mediterranean Sea with a combined capacity of 500 MW.