Surveys underway for Erebus floating project

In: Windfarms

Blue Gem Wind, the joint venture between Total and Simply Blue Energy, has begun its 2021 Celtic Sea offshore survey campaign.  

GEOxyz has started geophysical survey work at the
Erebus floating wind site, which is 45km south-west of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Offshore surveys are due to last until mid-June.

Myriam Samba, Dep Technical Manager at Blue Gem Wind, said: “It is positive to be offshore once again to follow-up on our surveys which began in August 2020. We are continuing to build a detailed picture of the what the seabed is like for our Erebus project, which will enable us to build the most efficient floating offshore wind farm we can, with the least environmental impact.”

The offshore surveys follow on from a recent temporary onshore met mast installation on the Angle Peninsula.  Mike Scott, Project Managing Director, added: “Whilst local residents are becoming familiar with our onshore met mast, it is offshore where most of our activity will continue to happen and we look forward to evaluating the results of this and future survey work out in the Celtic Sea”.

Blue Gem Wind is focussed on developing floating wind in the Celtic Sea using a stepping stone approach. As its first proposed project,  
Erebus is expected to provide enough green energy for approximately 90,000 homes per year. The project is to have a 96 MW capacity and will be installed in an area with a water depth of 70 metres. An application has been submitted to the Crown Estate.

The parties are planning to develop the project using Principle Power’s WindFloat technology. WindFloat is a semi-submersible floating foundation with "water entrapment plates" fitted onto the bottom of the three pillars and a static and dynamic ballast system to enable stability.

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