Celtic Sea Cluster unveils floating wind strategy

The Celtic Sea Cluster has launched its new Regional Strategy, outlining how Wales and South West England can maximise the economic benefits of floating offshore wind technology, in line with the forthcoming Celtic Sea leasing process being delivered by The Crown Estate.

The Celtic Sea Cluster is led by its founding partners, Welsh Government, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Celtic Sea Power, Marine Energy Wales and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. It hopes to establish the Celtic Sea region as a world leader in floating offshore wind by 2030.

The Regional Strategy aims to galvanise the regional supply chains; provide a single voice to engage with governments, regulators, and project developers; find innovative ways to accelerate deployment; and work with Celtic Sea users to protect the onshore and offshore environment.

Vaughan Gething MS, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, said: “The opportunity to deliver 4GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea by 2035, with potential to grow to 20GW by 2045, is a massive undertaking. Success requires collaboration and strategic development to enable the deployment of sustainable, green, energy generation. Working across borders we can play to each other’s strengths, identify gaps, and seek to maximise strategic benefit to the regions we support.

“The Celtic Sea Regional Strategy will provide the direction necessary to enable Wales and South West England to collaborate and maximise the huge economic opportunity offered by floating offshore wind. A single pan region strategy ensures individual local plans can focus on harnessing existing local strengths, targeting opportunities to galvanise supply chains and find innovative ways to accelerate deployment which collectively will achieve the strategy objectives.”

The Crown Estate is planning a seabed leasing round in the Celtic Sea in 2023.  It is intended to provide 4 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035, with the region assessed to accommodate up to an additional 20 GW by 2045.

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