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PortCastelló is at WindEurope to position itself as the seaport of choice for the wind industry

20 March 2024

2024-03-20. The Port of Castellon is at the WindEurope conference and exhibition being held in Bilbao to showcase its role as an attractive port where offshore wind industry companies can operate. The idea is to “forge and enhance business and networking relationships with key professionals in the wind industry to raise PortCastelló’s profile and position it as a future offshore wind power hub in the Mediterranean,” said the Chairman of the Port Authority, Rubén Ibáñez.

The Port Authority of Castellon’s intention is to draw enterprises engaged in building all the components needed by the offshore wind sector and “so be a port for both exporting and importing the equipment needed to commission these facilities which would be shipped by sea to a range of countries,” he argued.

Rubén Ibáñez pointed out that the Port of Castellon “has a key location in the Mediterranean and we have the room available for starting up three terminals to enable businesses building the offshore wind project to move in.”

PortCastelló is investing in floating offshore wind power to diversify its throughput and make the port more sustainable. The goal is to become a hub for storage, assembly and distribution of the main components required in offshore wind projects.

Here the Port of Castellon can draw on its experience gained over the last few years in importing and exporting onshore and offshore wind power equipment together with the option of providing space to house it as it is the port in the Mediterranean arc with the largest available surface area where new firms can set up shop.

Ports will play a key role in expanding the offshore wind power market since the enormous length of the blades of offshore wind turbines (which are now over 200 metres in diameter and are expected to continue to increase in size) means land transport is challenging. PortCastelló is thus seeking to gain a foothold in this emerging market and as part of this approach is completing the area at the South Dock which will furnish over 450,000 m2 to house this new throughput.

WindEurope 2024 is an annual onshore and offshore wind energy event which is being held from today in Bilbao. It welcomes more than 15,000 trade visitors and over 500 exhibitors from various sectors including wind farm developers and operators, manufacturers of wind turbines, foundations, towers and other equipment along with shipyards and seaports.

The event will explore how Member States can roll out the 15 immediate actions in the EU Wind Power Package and what more is needed to ensure Europe remains a technology leader and innovation hub for wind energy.

 

 

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