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New plans to build floating offshore wind project in Canada

4C Offshore | Kaitlin Walsh
By: Kaitlin Walsh 24/08/2023 DP Energy

Nova East Wind Inc, a joint venture between DP Energy and SBM Offshore, plan to develop the first offshore wind project off Globoro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The proposed floating offshore wind project is expected to be located approximately 20-30 kilometres off the coast and have a generation capacity of 300-400 MW.

This project has the potential to kickstart a new industry in Nova Scotia by contributing to the decarbonisation of the local electricity grid, supporting the Province's 2030 goal of generating 80% of its electricity from renewable sources.

The growing project team was set up in 2021 and has been actively engaging with stakeholders in Nova Scotia to understand local opportunities and constraints. The team has been primarily focussed on identifying and adopting environmental, regulatory, supply chain, workforce, and construction best practices as the project develops.

The exact location and key factors of the wind farm will be determined following relevant regulations and further engagement with stakeholders and right holders, including First Nations, governments, commercial fishers, local communities, environmental groups, and industry regulators.

DP Energy and SBM Offshore have significant experience working in Nova Scotia to help advance the region’s offshore energy ambitions. This includes acquiring in-depth understanding of local regulatory practices and building a successful track record of local partnerships and business associations.

Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy, stated: "We are delighted to announce our new floating offshore wind project with partner SBM Offshore, the first of its kind in Canada. Nova East Wind’s project off Goldboro is an important step in Nova Scotia’s renewable energy journey which we are incredibly excited to be a part of.

"Our local team has been actively engaging with communities and stakeholders in Nova Scotia since 2021 and these groups will continue to be at the core of this project going forward.”

Ambroise Wattez, Director of Project Development at SBM Offshore, said: “SBM Offshore has been active in Nova Scotia for many years, and we are delighted to write a new chapter of the offshore industry here, with our partner DP Energy.

"We are very pleased to announce Nova East Wind’s project off Goldboro today, bringing our contribution to the energy transition in Canada. We intend to do so with a special attention to local workforce, supply chain and communities to kickstart Nova Scotia’s floating offshore wind sector responsibly.”

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