Simply Blue seeks to survey area for up to 1-GW Celtic Sea wind farm

08/07/2020 09:32 Renewable


Simply Blue Energy is seeking permission to conduct survey activities near the Kinsale gas platform in the Celtic Sea for a potential offshore wind project of 988 MW that will be using the Windfloat platform.

A public consultation period on the Foreshore Licence Application for Site Investigation Work started on July 6 and ends on August 4.


Simply Blue Energy is partnering with US floating wind foundation specialist Principle Power Inc on the Emerald wind project. It expects to start with a 100-MW demonstration floating wind farm with seven to 10 Windfloat platforms supporting turbines of between 10 MW and 15 MW in size. A pre-commercial project of about 288 MW will follow. The last planned stage of the project will involve the installation of about 600 MW of floating offshore wind capacity. 


The wind turbines will be located 35 km to 60 km off the south coast of Ireland. Simply Blue said it selected the maritime area because of the suitable water depths surpassing 70m, its relative proximity to shore and the fact that it has a history of energy production.


The geophysical, geotechnical, metocean, environmental, nearshore and intertidal surveys, as well as wind resource monitoring, will help inform the design of the future offshore wind park. Simply Blue plans to start geophysical survey activities in the spring or summer of 2021.

Then there will be staged series of investigations over a period of five years as the project reaches the detailed design stage.

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