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PortCastelló to become floating offshore wind power hub in the Mediterranean

10 February 2024

07-02-2024. PortCastelló is seeking to become a hub for floating offshore wind power which will enable it to diversify its throughput and make the port more sustainable. Here it 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.

The Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez, noted that “the Port of Castellon is the port in the Mediterranean Arc with the largest available area where new businesses can set up shop.”

Rubén Ibáñez also pointed out that the commitment to the offshore wind industry “will increase import and export throughput” since the parts needed to assemble the equipment have to be imported before it is shipped to destination countries.

This means PortCastelló is aligned with the European Union’s strategy which has set a target of producing at least 45% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Offshore wind power will play a key role in achieving this goal included in the EU Strategy on offshore renewable energy endorsed by the European Parliament which pursues twin objectives: decarbonising electricity production and lessening the continent’s reliance on Russian hydrocarbons. Europe has set a target for the immediate future of having at least 111 GW in installed offshore wind power capacity by 2030 which is over 100% more than the initial plan.

Several northern European countries have announced they are to boost their wind power production capacity tenfold by 2050. Coupled with the projects underway in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, France and Norway, this shows that the offshore wind industry is poised for major expansion. Spain shares this strategy as set out in the offshore wind and marine energy roadmap for Spain.

Ports will play a key role in making this offshore wind power market expansion possible 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, it is on the way to completing the area of the dock envisaged in the port’s master plan which will furnish over 450,000 m2 to house this new throughput. The works for the enclosing breakwater are to be awarded in the next few days which will enable this area to be infilled.

The Port Authority’s commitment to this type of traffic is demonstrated by PortCastelló’s participation in Wind Europe 2024 in April. The fair is to be held in Bilbao and will welcome 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 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 Rubén Ibáñez.

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