Spain and Portugal agree to accelerate their energy plan on the Atlantic coast


Spain Y Portugal have agreed to “cooperate and accelerate” the potential of both countries on the Atlantic coast for the production with renewable energy sources in the high seas of origin or ocean location by 2030. In the joint declaration of the XXXIII Spanish-Portuguese Summit which took place this Friday in Viana Do Castelo (Portugal), stand out, in this context, especially the Technological Free Zone of oceanic renewable energies, which will be located in Viana do Castelo, as a place of excellence to promote this cooperation.

In this way, both countries come together to promote the development of renewable energies on the coast, such as the floating offshore wind, technology which represents a great bet for both Spain and Portugal. Likewise, within the framework of the strengthening of the Iberian Electricity Market (Mibel) in a context of penetration of renewable energies and entry of new vectors in the energy ‘mix’.

As the case of renewable hydrogenfor which they have agreed to work together with their respective transmission network managers (REE and REN) to identify storage needs on the peninsula in ethe horizon 2030 and “develop a regulatory framework that effectively encourages new investments, complying with all the requirements established by European regulations”.

Specifically, this project must be framed within the reinforcement of cooperation on innovation in energy storage and articulated with the work of the new Iberian Center for Research in Energy Storage (CIIAE)in Cáceres, and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, the latter in the field of batteries.


In addition, Spain and Portugal have reaffirmed their commitment to the rstrengthening of energy connections between the two countries and between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of the European energy market, as an “essential” objective for the security of European supply and for the fulfillment of the EU’s climate objectives, “by increasing European access to green electricity and hydrogen produced by the two countries”.

In this regard, they have supported the agreement reached on October 20 with France for the construction of a Green Energy Corridor between the three States, which will mean new connections prepared for the transportation of renewable gases between Spain and Portugal, the development of a maritime pipeline between Spain (Barcelona) and France (Marseille); and the reinforcement of the electrical interconnections between Spain and France, among other ways, through the completion of the new connection through the Bay of Biscay.

Work to get European funding

Likewise, Spain and Portugal have agreed to give “the highest priority” to the completion of renewable gas interconnection which will link Celorico da Beira and Zamora (CelZa), one of the components of the Green Energy Corridor between Portugal, Spain and France; and will work “closely” with the European Commission in the coming weeks, especially to determine European funding sources.

Finally, the two countries have reiterated their “firm commitment” to the development of renewable energy production, including green hydrogen and other renewable gases such as biomethane or biogasas a source of supply for sustainable mobility and a key element for the decarbonization of the economy.


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