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Wood awarded contract for Irish floating offshore wind project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 27/05/2021 Wood
Wood, a consulting and engineering company, has been awarded a pre-FEED (front-end engineering design) contract by Simply Blue Energy for a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the west coast of Ireland.

The Western Star floating offshore wind project aims to harness the wind power of the Atlantic Ocean to produce clean, sustainable energy for Ireland and beyond. It is being developed in parallel with the company’s Saoirse wave energy conversion array.

Wood’s team of cross-functional experts will assess the suitability of multiple floating platform designs against the site-specific criteria. By taking a lifecycle approach to costs incorporating capital expenditure, construction costs and operational costs, the team will develop a solution with an aim to identify the the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

Andy Hemingway, President of Energy, Innovation & Optimisation at Wood, said: “We are delighted to be working with Simply Blue Energy on the milestone Western Star Floating Offshore Wind energy project.

“As an emerging technology, floating wind farms could supercharge the world’s renewable energy capacity and will be an important part of the global energy transition. Investing in this technology of the future will help Ireland reach its targets on greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.”

Simply Blue Energy, part of the Simply Blue Group, is a Irish early-stage developer marine energy projects. The company’s Western Star floating offshore wind farm will consist of a floating windfarm situated at least 35km offshore, co-developed with a wave energy conversion array, approximately 4km from the coast. The proposed wave energy array portion of this co-development project will first focus on a two-step phased installation initially with 5MW capacity before building up to a 30MW demonstration array

Simply Blue Energy is developing multiple floating offshore wind projects. Through Blue Gem Wind, a joint venture partnership with energy giant Total, it is currently developing the
Erebus 96MW floating offshore wind project, along with another larger project, off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Furthermore, it is involved in a project situated off the south coast of Ireland called
Emerald. The project is the result of the signing of a major project partnership with Shell and 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.

Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7 announced in March that they have joined forces to develop the
Salamander floating wind project, off the north east coast of Scotland (UK). The companies have formed a joint venture partnership, where Subsea 7 has a minority interest, to develop a pre-commercial project.

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