RWE sets sights on Welsh floating wind

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RWE is seeking a lease for a floating offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The German energy giant is hoping to build a 100 MW floating wind farm called Draig y Môr off the west coast of Anglesey, Wales.

The project is currently in the very early phases of development and RWE are waiting for the Crown Estate to decide whether to grant a lease for the new project.

According to Tom Glover, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of RWE Renewables GmbH, the UK has established itself as a leader in fixed offshore wind and there is potential to also lead the way for floating.  

"I think there is a real opportunity for Wales to get there in the Celtic Sea and also to get there in the Irish Sea, but the Crown estate needs to give us the leases so we can move forward with those projects."

This week,
the Crown Estate announced that it is also commencing work to design and deliver a new leasing opportunity for early commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea. The leasing process will focus on projects of circa 300 MW and will support the Government’s ambition to deliver 1 GW of floating wind by 2030.

In addition, RWE is gearing up to bid in the upcoming Scotwind leasing round and is considering the deployment 500 MW floating projects off the coast of Scotland. The company recently partnered with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to study the potential for Scottish businesses to produce commercial scale concrete foundations for floating wind projects.

RWE is collaborating on multiple R & D projects across the globe is to identify the most competitive floating foundation technologies:

  • The 2 MW DemoSATH project, being developed in partnership with Saitec Offshore Technologies, is planned to be launched off the north coast of Spain in 2022.
  • The 12 MW New England Aqua Ventus (NEAV) project, being developed in partnership with Diamond Offshore Wind and the University of Maine, is planned to be deployed in 2023 in the USA off the coast of Maine.
    • RWE’s third floating demonstration project, using the steel TetraSpar concept, being developed in partnership with Stiesdal Offshore Technologies, Shell and TEPCO, is expected to be launched later in 2021.

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