The Spanish government body has approved a large wind farm construction project across the coast of Fuengirola and Marbella
The Spanish government has made progress in the complex administrative process required to allow a large offshore wind farm in the Alborán Sea, near Fuengirola and Marbella. One of the initial obstacles was overcome on February 28th with the approval of the Maritime Space Management Plans (POEM).
This milestone paves the way for the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge to begin accepting tenders from companies interested in constructing the wind farm. Although scheduled for mid-2023, the tender process may experience some delays.
The originally proposed location, 13 kilometres from the coast, has been rejected in favour of a more distant location of over 22 kilometres offshore, which will have a lesser visual impact.
The government’s Offshore Wind Roadmap aims to install up to three gigawatts of energy. For the Costa del Sol project, floating turbines will be used to cover an area equivalent to 30,000 football pitches.
Upon completion, the wind farm will be capable of supplying electricity to over 649,000 homes in Malaga province, according to calculations from a renewable energy expert at the University of Malaga. Other offshore wind farms are planned in the Granada and Almeria provinces of Andalucía.
IberBlue Wind is spearheading the initiative, comprising a consortium that includes the Irish company Simply Blue Group, which specialised in floating offshore wind farms, along with Spanish firms Proes Consultores, the engineering division of the Amper Group, and FF New Energy Ventures, a developer of renewable projects. The group has submitted its Initial Project Document, the first step in a lengthy environmental processing phase.