The Business Year

Carlos Martí­n

COLOMBIA - Green Economy

Carlos Martí­n

CEO, BlueFloat Energy

Bio

As CEO of BlueFloat Energy, Carlos Martín is responsible for defining the strategy of the company, guaranteeing it execution and managing relations with strategic partners. He has worked in the energy sector for over 15 years. As director of projects at EDP Renewables, he supervised the development of the project WindFloat Atlantic, a floating wind turbine 25-MW project off the coast of Portugal. Prior to EDPR, he worked at McKinsey & Company for eight years in the field of energy. Before founding Blue Float Energy, Martin was general director for Prosegur Europe and Asia.

TBY talks to Carlos Martín, CEO of BlueFloat Energy.

What makes BlueFloat Energy an expert in offshore wind energy, and what are its plans in Colombia?

We are the best partner for Colombia due to our experience in the development of offshore wind projects, where our global industry knowledge and locally focused project development approach come together. It is a company formed by a team of pioneers in offshore wind energy with extensive knowledge and practical experience in the development, permitting, financing, construction, commissioning and operation of offshore wind energy projects, both with fixed and floating structures that has developed more than 15 projects in 6 countries: the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.

What are the advantages of offshore wind energy?

Offshore wind energy allows capturing a more valuable wind resource at sea than on land, and even more important in Colombia, since the country has the advantage of having an abundant resource along the entire coast. As a result, it allows better use of grid capacity and enables a more predictable and more consistent supply of electricity. Another advantage is that less interference with other activities or with local communities is required. Colombia has taken the lead in Latin America in the development of this type of projects and can take advantage to be the first to highlight an industry that exists domestically and can be exported to countries such as Brazil, the US, and even Caribbean countries.

How does BlueFloat Energy plan to interact with the communities?

This is a factor to which we always give a lot of importance in our projects in any country. This one in particular is an opportunity to create value and create quality jobs in the community. There is a need to train workers in construction, welding and operations at the industrial level. Second, we always carry out an exhaustive environmental impact study to understand the implications that the project may have within the different communities, and we propose solutions that allow us not only to limit these impacts but also to turn them into something positive. An example of this is the improvement of biodiversity at our sites through environmental engineering campaigns.

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