Shell and Simply Blue Group forge further floating ties

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 18/11/2021 Shell

Shell has signed an agreement with Irish offshore wind developer Simply Blue Group to acquire a 51% share of its Western Star venture, which seeks to develop a floating wind farm off the Clare coast in Ireland.

The Western Star Joint Venture will be jointly backed by Simply Blue Group personnel and Shell floating wind experts, with the project office based at Simply Blue Group Headquarters in Cork. The wind farm is to be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Ireland. With a total capacity of 1.35GW, the project is to be established in phases: 300MW-450MW in the first phase with 700MW-900MW to follow. The first phase of the project could include between 15MW and 18MW turbines.

Hessel de Jong, Offshore Wind General Manager Europe, Shell, said: “Shell has a clear ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society. We aim to provide more renewable power to consumers and businesses alike. Working alongside coastal communities to create shared value is key to success for both the Western Star floating wind project and the previously announced Emerald project, which is why we have chosen to work with Simply Blue Group.”

Hugh Kelly, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Director, Simply Blue Group, said: “There is tremendous wind potential off the West Coast of Ireland and Simply Blue Group are delighted to partner once again with Shell to jointly develop the Western Star project. The project will utilise floating offshore wind technology to produce zero-carbon electricity and will greatly help Ireland progress towards a green energy future with domestically sourced sustainable electricity delivering both environmental and economic benefits to the entire country. Simply Blue Group are committed to developing floating offshore wind projects in Ireland.”

It follows the signing of a similar agreement earlier this year to jointly develop the
Emerald floating wind project off the south coast of Ireland. The project is located in the vicinity of the Kinsale gas fields, which are currently being decommissioned. Around 300 MW of installed capacity is planned initially, with the potential to scale-up to a total installed capacity of 1 GW.

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