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Offshore Wind and Hydrogen  | Brazil


Green hydrogen is crucial as Latin America hits 34GW of offshore wind by 2050

With Ceara and Acu leading the charge things are happening in latin America in my world of offshore wind and hydrogen. I’ve regularly shared updates with the community and have integrated them here as Brazil’s environmental protection agency Ibama in August listed a staggering 169GW in proposed offshore wind projects seeking approval off the country’s almost 8,000km of coast

Japan’s Shizen Energy the latest company to seek environmental permits, joining sector heavyweights such as the Engie-EDPR joint venture Ocean Winds, Iberdrola, Macquarie's Corio Generation, and oil & gas majors Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies.

Brazil’s federal government in January laid down first regulations for offshore wind in a decree, assigning planning and permitting competencies to a total of nine different government bodies in South America's largest economy.

Green H2 crucial

Offshore wind capacity in Latin America will be to support green hydrogen projects, both for domestic energy use and exports. The analyst forecasts that Brazil will capture close to 6% of the world’s total green hydrogen supply through 2050, with the market gaining scale after 2030.

Latin America is expected to reach 34GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050, driven by the growth of off-grid green hydrogen projects and led by regional pacesetters Brazil and Colombia.

Ceará | Offshore Wind and Green Hydrogen for Brazil



Following significant interest in the nascent Brazilian Offshore Wind and Hydrogen sectors shared with offshore-wind-brazil-challenges-opportunities, and 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. 

ScotWind, meanwhile 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 off Pembrokeshire.

Significantly some companies and consortiums developing in Ceará, such as Qair, are also heavily involved with the ScotWind process.


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.

The introductory speeches outlined a generational opportunity with Ceará's most memorable line: 'the best way of thinking about the future is to create it.'


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


German bodies, and the Ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp 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 Pecém 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 Fortelaza is helping with the all important offtake, focussing on public transport


Pecém port is leading the charge:


Pecém already has much of the necessary infrastructure in place; and Ammonia as a distribution mechanism is being investigated:



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 content will provide much of the infrastructure requirement going forwards.

The White Martins hub encompasses industry, including green steel making, with local content and production at its heart:  Organisers were surprised at the scale of interest in the conference, an indication of sectoral momentum.


Finance | Offshore wind in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities



Back once more to the City and Pinners Hall for another session involving global finance and the burgeoning offshore wind and hydrogen sectors.

There is much talk of building a bridge between Brazil and the UK by a host of speakers looking to build upon the UK's world anchor and leadership position

As the Brazilian Offshore Wind market opens up, join us for this in-person discussion of the opportunities and challenges faced by investors, developers, supply chain and industry in general keen on realising this eye-popping potential 1228GW market. 



Not all bank headquarters are the same as I quickly discovered just down from the Bank of England at, significantly, the Banca Do Brasil which has a dramatic entrance replete with four storey indoor waterfall and tropical vegetation which made a lovely back drop to the day’s proceedings

Invited speakers and panellists included ABEEólica, SHELL, Porto do Açu, DLA Piper, DIT, and UK Export Finance. The venue was the Old Broad St London HQ of Banco do Brasil, who showed the depth of their commitment in also providing a speaker




As with Namibia in Paris last month, the dynamism emanating from the countries Embassy was also in evidence

Brazil has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and its refreshing that my own sectors can help revive a somewhat tarnished reputation.  The SEC conference back in February proving something of precursor to today’s session:


The speakers:

Fabio Machado – General Manager at Banco do Brasil indicated support and encouragement from the hosts

All pieces of the jigsaw are coming togethers as major projects are de-risked at the earlies stage and offtakers and finance brought into the fold as we saw down the street at last Autumn’s City event


The offshore wind and hydrogen section from the Port of Acu fell to a few technical gremlins but the cheery team improvised and I share the link below in the hope the community may find it of interest


Thanks for the invite Daniella Carneiro, the proactive and engaging Head of the Energy and Decarbonisation Committee of the Brazilian Chamber. There is much more to come in the offshore wind and hydrogen sector for Brazil


I'm doing my bit to drive events forwards. so why not join the rapidly growing community of the willing: Hydrogen for Brazil




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