Plans have been unveiled for the construction of La Pinta, a ground-breaking floating offshore wind power plant located on the southern coast of Andalusia, Spain. La Pinta will be the second facility developed by IberBlue Wind, a joint venture between Simply Blue Group, Proes Consultores, and FF New Energy Ventures.
Inspired by Christopher Columbus’ historic caravel, the project will span approximately 316 square kilometres off the coasts of Granada and Almeria. It will feature up to 55 turbines, with a combined installed capacity of around 990 MW. Once operational, La Pinta aims to provide renewable energy to over 670,000 households, making a significant contribution to sustainable power generation.
La Pinta: Development Details and Economic Impact
IberBlue has submitted the Initial Project Document (IPD) outlining La Pinta’s technical specifications to Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO). The construction and maintenance of La Pinta are projected to require an investment exceeding EUR 2.5 billion. Moreover, this ambitious endeavour is expected to create over 3,300 job opportunities, bringing economic growth to the region.
Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement
IberBlue Wind places great importance on community engagement and collaboration with stakeholders throughout the development process. The company actively seeks partnerships with civil society, coastal communities, and organizations involved in marine activities.
By fostering positive relationships with the Junta de Andalucía (regional government), local municipalities, associations, and representative bodies, IberBlue aims to ensure seamless integration of its wind farms into the region’s environment. This approach also aims to contribute to the well-being of coastal communities. Julio Vera, Stakeholder Engagement & Policy Director of IberBlue Wind, highlights the significance of Andalusia as a prime location for offshore wind projects. He emphasizes the area’s abundant wind resources, well-established infrastructure, and its potential to become a benchmark for similar initiatives.
Vera also acknowledges the need to reinforce the electricity network in the vicinity to effectively harness all the energy generated by the wind farms. La Pinta marks IberBlue Wind’s second offshore wind farm project in Andalusia, following the announcement of its Nao Victoria project in November of the previous year. The Nao Victoria project, situated in the Alboran Sea off the coasts of Malaga and Cadiz, shares a similar capacity of approximately 990 MW. These ambitious endeavours reflect IberBlue Wind’s commitment to driving the sustainable energy transition and fostering renewable power generation in the region.