PLOCAN and METCentre sign offshore wind collaboration agreement

Spain’s Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) and the Norwegian METCentre (Marine Energy Test Centre) have signed a collaboration agreement focused on offshore wind.

Under the agreement, METCentre and PLOCAN pledge to work on offshore wind in deep waters in their respective countries, as well as together when the opportunity arises.

The parties agreed to seek areas of strategic benefit for countries and their offshore wind supply chain through cooperation and partnership, as well as deliver activities for the mutual benefit of the test centers and for relevant industrial actors in Spain and Norway.

The agreement will see the test centers cooperate on regulatory, environmental and market aspects, as well as testing and demonstration of technologies and solutions.

“The fact that we are succeeding with such close collaboration between two leading test centres for floating offshore wind technology in Europe, shows the willingness to develop that exists in the entire European offshore wind industry,” said Jose Joaquin Hernandez Brito, General Manager of PLOCAN.

“If we are to reduce costs and increase knowledge, we are completely dependent on close cooperation across national borders. This is being facilitated by the agreement.”

According to METCentre, the two partners have different characteristics in terms of location, test infrastructure and financing, testing and market approach, that together can provide significant synergies for both of them, Norway, Spain and the rest of Europe.