Project development

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surferPreliminary studies on the project began in 2007. Since then, steady progress has been made from a conceptual to a detailed design, and the required environmental permits have been requested and obtained from the Ministry of the Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs. A strict monitoring programme will be followed to gather information on the impact of wave energy on the environment.

Detailed studies have also been conducted on the bathymetry, geology and subsoil of the area using geophysics and magnetometry. An oceanographic buoy was put in place in March 2009 to measure parameters of wave height and direction, temperature and the speed and direction of currents and of the wind, amongst other factors, and to transmit these data in real time by satellite.

Public tender was launch in June 2009 for site engineering and awarded to Sener Engineering Company in November of that same year. A public tender for supplying and laying subsea cables from the substation to the end point offshore was launch in December 2009 and awarded exactly one year later to Elecnor.

Elimco was awarded the contract for the construction of the onshore substation and Zumaia Offshore the contract of the supply of buoys. Progress is being made in drawing up bimep operational platform which sets out how future relations are to be managed with the manufacturers of the devices and other potential customers.

The platform is scheduled to become operative 2012in the first half of 2014.

Design and detailed studies

  • Drawing up of the Wave Energy Atlas of the Basque Country (2007)
  • Preliminary environmental impact study (2008)
  • Detailed environmental impact study (2009)
  • Desktop Study on the routing of the subsea cables (2009)

Tendering and procurement of equipment

  • Oceanographic buoy – FUGRO
  • Site Engineering – SENER
  • Public tender for the supply and laying of the power lines – ELECNOR
  • Onshore substation and grid connection – ELIMCO
  • Marking buoys – ZUMAIA OFFSHORE

Tramitación de permisos

La tramitación de esta infraestructura sigue el real decreto 1028/2007 siendo los principales hitos:

  • Autorización administrativa – Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio.
  • Ocupación del DPMT – Ministerio de Medio Ambiente.
  • Autorización de Marina Mercante – Ministerio de Fomento.
  • Autorización autoridad portuaria – Departamento de Costas.
  • Aprobación del proyecto.
  • Acta de puesta en marcha.