The multinationals take positions before the foreseeable take-off of offshore wind energy in the Islands. The NorwegianEquinor(subsidiary of the oil company Statoil) has already put on the table the project of a 200 megawatt park off the coast of Juan Grande and theULPGChe has analyzed it to know the economic impact that it would have. The conclusion is that they could be generatedmore than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.
During the more than twenty years of validity -development and installation, exploitation and dismantling-, this activity wouldbetween 550 and 780 million euros to the Canarian gross domestic product.The projection to the entire national economy would amount to a range of between 910 and 990 million euros.
Equinor is the company responsible forHywind Scotland,the only existing floating wind farm, located in the waters of the United Kingdom. He started working on the project since he knew the intention of the Government of the Canary Islands to promote this source of renewable energy with the reservation of an area in the southeast of Gran Canaria to house 300 megawatts of power, since the 200 park referrals are added another 100 megawatts to experience the advances of this technology.
The team led by the professor of the ULPGCJulieta Schallenberg,also a member of the group of experts that advises the European Commission (EC) on energy, determined that in the first phase of the project, its development, would create between 550 and 1,300 direct jobs, and between 450 and 1,000 indirect for a duration of between two and three years.