The UK government wants every home to be powered by offshore wind in 2030. Reporter, Juliet Mann, explores how floating offshore wind technology pioneered by leading energy provider, Equinor, is essential in helping the UK reach this ambitious target.
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Shell is to acquire a controlling stake in a 300MW floating wind farm project planned for the Celtic Sea, under an agreement announced today with Irish developer Simply Blue Energy. The two firms have agreed to form a joint venture that will see the oil and gas giant take a 51 per cent stake in the Emerald project, which is to be operated by Simply Blue Energy once completed with support from Shell floating wind experts, they said. Located South of Ireland close to the Kinsale gas fields, which are currently being decommissioned, the Emerald project is initially slated to have 300MW of installed capacity, with the potential to scale up to a total of 1GW in future – enough to power 800,000 Irish homes. The first phase of the project is set to feature between 15 and 25 floating wind turbines, depending on the size of turbines selected, with their assembly, installation, and deployment expected to create hundreds of jobs in the supply chain, the companies said.
Business Green 27th Jan 2021 read more »