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The Portuguese Government has published the proposed development areas for offshore wind in the country, outlining an impressive 11 GW of potential capacity for future projects.

The “Preliminary proposal of spatialized areas and points for the connection to the National Electricity Network” outlines development areas between 70 – 200 meters depth with a capacity of 10 GW total, with an additional 1 GW on depths maximum 50 meters. The largest of the development areas is the Figueira da Foz area, with a total of 4.0 GW capacity. Given the depth outlined in the proposal, most of the areas will require floating projects.

Portugal has today only one operational offshore wind park, the 25 MW floating WindFloat Atlantic, owned by Ocean Winds. The new proposal signals that there will be a number of opportunities opening for developers in the country and gets Portugal one step closer to reaching the target of 10 GW within 2030.

The public consultation on the proposed areas will start Monday January 30, and run until March 10. The auction to award offshore development areas is currently scheduled for Q4 2023.

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