Acciona Spaniards and SSE Renewables Scots joined forces to study offshore wind energy opportunities in the Portuguese sea.
“Acciona and SSE Renewables have just signed an exclusive agreement for the development of offshore wind energy projects in Spain and Portugal. Both companies will also explore joint opportunities in other markets “, can be read in the communiqué published this Tuesday, 23 February.
This consortium will be owned by both companies equally. The aim is to combine the knowledge of Acciona as “developer and operator of renewable facilities in Spain and Portugal with the capabilities and experience of SSE Renewables in the development, construction and comprehensive management of world-renowned offshore projects”, according to the statement.
SSE has several offshore wind projects in the UK and Ireland, with a total output of 487 megawatts. It currently has a six-gigawatt portfolio of projects under development.
The Scottish company is building the world’s largest offshore offshore wind farm: the Dogger Bank wind farm (with 3.6 GW) in the North Sea, along with the Norwegians from Equinor.
Another notable project is the Seagreen offshore wind farm (1.1 GW), Scotland’s largest offshore power plant, a project developed jointly with French company Total.
This agreement will allow Acciona to accelerate its “entry into the offshore wind market, where we see great potential,” said Rafael Mateo, executive chairman of the Spanish company’s Energy Division, in a statement.
For its part, SSE Renewables welcomed this agreement. “The partnership with one of the leading agents in the renewables sector in Spain and Portugal will allow us to put our experience in offshore wind to serve the goal of both countries to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. This agreement is a exponent of our strategy to generate a strong portfolio of wind projects in international markets ”, according to the executive president Jim Smith.
In addition to the energy sector, Acciona is also present in the treatment and management of water, eco-efficient transport and mobility and infrastructure systems.