Total and Simply Blue Energy get met mast approval

In: Windfarms

Blue Gem Wind, a joint venture between Total and Simply Blue Energy, has received planning consent to install a temporary met mast on the Angle Peninsula. The met mast, due to be deployed in early March, will be sighted on the old airfield, 0.5 km inland of East Pickard Bay, for a duration of 15 months.

David Jones, Stakeholder Manager, said, “The met mast will provide wind speed and other weather related data so we can better understand the wind resource of the Celtic Sea. This important data will enable us to optimise the design of potential offshore floating wind projects in the region. Once the data has been collected the mast will be removed.”

The met mast and onshore monitoring equipment is provided by local supplier Solar Wheel, and is an essential part of understanding the wind resources in the Celtic Sea.

Lucy Bywaters, Project Manager at Solar Wheel, said: “As a small family-run company from Brechfa, Carmarthenshire, we are delighted to be working with Blue Gem Wind. We have been delivering wind data solutions since 1990 and look forward to providing information that could help progress Wales’ first floating offshore wind projects.”

Blue Gem Wind is focussed on developing floating wind in the Celtic Sea using a stepping stone approach. The first proposed project,  
Erebus, will 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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