Ceará | Offshore Wind and Green Hydrogen for Brazil

Following significant interest in the nascent Brazilian Offshore Wind and Hydrogen sectors shared offshore-wind-brazil-challenges-opportunities. I thought the community may welcome an update

I was pleased to engage with the sector update with eye-popping potential being reiterated. The UK’s ScotWInd announced in January for example offered a 15 GW leasing options, whereas the opportunity for Brazil comes in, according the world bank, at a remarkable 748 GW. 

Whereas ScotWind was memorably described by one senior stakeholder as ‘three years of delay..followed by a big dump.’

Scotland does of course offer a number of tangible advantages. Edinburgh has experience in consenting and more importantly the reality of construction and also priceless data from  operational sites in including both Hywind and Kincardine – the latter the cause for a clutch of hard won lessons learned and in the UK we have exciting developments off the coast of  Pembrokeshire

Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located on the Atlantic coast. It is also one of the main tourist destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of Fortaleza, the country’s fourth most populous city.

It’s long been known that the wind resource is favourable and recent advances in hydrogen mean Brazil and Ceará are well placed to develop green hydrogen economy

The state is keen to promote best practise and has it’s own state ‘seal’ to ensure developers use best practice stated with audience and panels giving a rousing version of the national anthem, something I’ve yet to encounter on the more sedate UK circuit and introductory speeches outlining a generational opportunity for the state and the memorable line the best way of thinking about the future is to create it.

Replacing oil is difficult but nature is favourable to Ceara but it needs will and effort now.

German bodies and Port of Rotterdam are already on the ground verdebrasil so our own DIT needs to move swiftly. The London event brought the City along and we know how they ready for the challenge.

Some, including, Joaquim Leite – Minister of State for the Environment praised the Brazilian president, something we are not especially used to hearing in the UK.

It was stressed that the private sector will be the mechanism to make the transition happen and new industries to energy in the northeast of Brazil. The Port of Pecem, partnering with, again, Rotterdam, is especially well -placed to lead the charge and other Brazilian states are following Ciara’s lead and expects to be one of the richest regions in the world thanks to green hydrogen.

The state capital is helping with the all important offtake, focussing on public transport

Pecem port will lead the charge with much of the Ammonia infrastructure already in situ:

The World bank and McKinsey added their thoughts including the geopolitical challenges brought about through the invasion of Ukraine. Entrepreneurs are queuing up with around 90 MOU’s already signed and local manufacturing of value chain items destined to follow.

The organisers were surprised at the scale of interest in the conference, an indication of sectoral momentum.  |oin with me and key stakeholder:  https://bit.ly/3KoXEX2

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