Environmental Characterization

Environmental Characterization of the Portuguese Pilot Zone

According to the Concession Contract of the Portuguese Pilot Zone and following the expressed guidance of DGEG, ENONDAS, SA discloses of the Study of Environmental Characterization of Portuguese Pilot Zone. This document was submitted to public discussion during one month, until November 30th 2014. The document can be downloaded from this website, from the following "link": 

• Environmental Characterization of the Portuguese Pilot Zone

Environmental Framework

The European and national strategies that have been adopted in terms of power generation on a sustained basis points, globally, the need to reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels,  in order to increase the energy produced from renewable sources.

The government envisaged, in this context, the promotion of an industrial cluster linked to activities related to the sea, setting up a pilot zone for the installation of devices in the pre-commercial stage, and thereby contributing to the development of harnessing renewable energy from the sea or located at sea. The potential for such energy is estimated at 5 GW of power. The Pilot Zone shall be equipped with infrastructure that allows up to 250 MW to be installed.

Decree-Law no. 5/2008 of 8 January establishes the legal scheme for the use of assets of the Public Maritime Domain, including the use of territorial waters for the generation of electricity from the sea as a renewable energy source or from other sources located at sea, in the Pilot Zone, as well as the rules governing the management, access to and pursuit of the mentioned activity.

In December 2008, the Portuguese State attributed to ENONDAS (a company formed by REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S. A.) the concession for an initial period of 45 years for the production of renewable energy with the sea as a source or from other sources located at sea, in a pilot zone. The public concession includes authorisation to install infrastructure and connection to the public grid.

 

The Environmental Characterization of the Pilot Area, prepared by ENONDAS prior to installation and environmental assessment projects for harnessing renewable energy source or oceanic location, will in the future:

• Serve as a starting point for the description of the reference situation of the EIncA (Environmental Incidence Studies) and any EIA ( Environmental Impact Assessment) that have to be developed for projects that may be set up in the Pilot Zone (ZP), while also establishing a definition of the scope for these same studies;

• Gather information that will form a basis for the description of the reference situation of the EIncA (Environmental Incidence Studies) of projects to be deployed in the ZP and any EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) that may have to be developed for infrastructure projects in the ZP, namely alternatives for existing land connection corridors, that are technically and economically feasible, also making it possible to establish a definition of the scope for these same studies;