DP Energy tables plan for 300-MW Celtic Sea floating wind farm

The Kincardine floating offshore wind farm. Image by: Cobra Group.

November 11 (Renewables Now) - Irish renewables company DP Energy on Wednesday laid out plans for the construction of a 300-MW floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea.

Dubbed Gwynt Glas, standing for “blue wind,” the project calls for the installation of a floating wind park between the West Wales and South West of England coastline. The Cork-based developer has carried out site, research and detailed studies and picked an area suitable for the development, covering some 1,500 sq km.

The selected location is now being investigated by remote aerial surveys for marine mammal and bird activity

DP Energy noted that the project was put forward after the Crown Estate announced in March that it would work to design a new leasing process of early commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea area. The developer has already started engagement with key stakeholders and will hold consultations with interested parties.

The proposed power complex is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity for up to 300,000 homes.

DP Energy currently has an over 5-GW portfolio of onshore wind, offshore fixed and floating wind, solar and marine energy projects in Ireland, Australia, the UK and Canada. Among its assets is the 320-MW Port Augusta solar-wind hybrid park in South Australia, which is due to be completed later this year.

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