IberBlue Wind, a joint venture set up to develop floating offshore wind farms on the Iberian Peninsula, has chosen the waters off Andalusia to develop the first of its offshore wind projects. The wind farm, named Nao Victoria, will occupy an area of 310 km2 in the Alboran Sea (the westernmost part of the Mediterranean Sea). It will be located off the coasts of Cadiz and Malaga and will have 55 floating offshore wind turbines and an installed capacity of 990 MW.

The implementation of this project will require close collaboration with the nearby ports of Cadiz and Malaga and will play an important role in employment generation, as it will allow the creation of thousands of jobs, during construction and then operation.

IberBlue Wind has already sent the Initial Project Document (IPD), which includes its technical characteristics, to the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), and initiated contacts with regional and local institutions, to provide the project with maximum transparency and integration in the territory.

The Nao Victoria offshore wind farm will be located 25-40 km from the coast, which will reduce the impact of the installation, which will be supported by floating platforms anchored to the seabed. This technology allows the wind turbines to be located deeper in the sea, to overcome the difficulty posed by the narrow continental shelf of the Iberian Peninsula.

The joint venture is made up of the Irish company Simply Blue Group, a developer with extensive experience in the blue economy, specifically in floating offshore wind turbines, and the Spanish companies Proes Consultores, the engineering division of the Amper Group, and FF NEV, a leader in the development and promotion of renewable projects on the peninsula.

Nao Victoria is named after a vessel of the Magellan-Elcano expedition that completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth in the 16th century. In addition to Andalusia, IberBlue Wind is working on the development of other projects in Galicia and Portugal, another strategic area for the consortium.