The Government of RN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Enterprize Energy PTE LTD for technical, economic and environmental cooperation and exchange actions for the implementation of offshore wind farms (at sea) and the production of hydrogen and green ammonia. The act took place on Tuesday, 10, in virtually at the governor's headquarters.
"We signed the commitment term because I know the qualification of the company that is dealing with a serious and honest government. Government that is committed to sustainable social and economic development. Rio Grande do Norte has the best conditions in the country for wind energy production, including offshore," said Governor Professor Fátima Bezerra.
Fátima stressed the potential for renewable energy production of the RN. "No wonder we are the largest wind energy producer in Brazil. And we have good prospects to move further. In the last auction for new projects, the state came first. We have been approved almost three times more projects than the second-placed one - the richest state in the country, São Paulo. This shows that the RN has played its role: respect for investors, legal certainty, speed in environmental licensing, adequacy of tax and incentive policies, offering a safe and attractive environment for investments".
Enterprize Energy develops projects to attract investors. It has projects executed in the UK, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. Ian Hatton, the group's chief executive, said he already has a team ready for projects in Brazil and that RN has the best conditions for wind energy production at sea. From wind farms, studies point to the production of desalinated water, hydrogen and green ammonia that can be used in the chemical, fertilizer and fuel industries.
"RN is an exceptional place for projects that can generate more than 2 gigawatts. It has good geographical, production and storage conditions at sea and on land, and may establish itself as a center for the production of green hydrogen distribution," said Ian Hatton. He reported that "since 2016 we have developed projects in Taiwan, China, and next year construction works will begin to produce more than 1 gigawatts. In Vietnam it will reach 5 gigawatts of energy with green hydrogen production. The engineering applied there will be used in the RN and this means the acceleration of projects".
The Secretary of State for Economic Development (Sedec), Jaime Calado, reported that the RN has skilled labor at the middle, higher and graduate levels by public universities. The State, in partnership with the Senar Institute for Innovation in Renewable Energy (ISI-ER) is preparing the solar and wind atlas. "By next April the atlas will be ready and will be valid for ten years. We also have 14 of the world’s largest wind companies operating and making a profit. And we have the support of the government of Professor Fátima Bezerra, which is attested by her presence here. A government of dialogue, which wants to generate employment and income with respect to the environment". Green hydrogen gains relevance as a fuel in the face of climate degradation caused by high consumption of fossil fuels such as oil and coal.
Fátima Bezerra requested that companies that come to work in RN through Enterprize to set up headquarters or administrative offices here. The governor accompanied the secretaries of state, Jaime Calado (SEDEC), deputy of Infrastructure (SIN), Haroldo Azevedo Filho, president of Potigás, Larissa Dantas, energy development coordinator of SEDEC, Hugo Fonseca, undersecretary of the Civil Cabinet, Laíssa Costa. By Enterprize Energy, Megan Hatton – Manager responsible for Latin America, Edward Chen – Technical Director, James Blanchard – Director for HSEQ, Steve Plamer – Director of Construction, Karina Lo – Manager responsible for institutional relationships, Ernani Eykyn Barbosa – Senior Advisor to the Group for Brazil. Also the representative of the UK government, Renato Cordeiro.
Source: Rio Grande do Norte's Governor portal