The Queen’s property managers have given the green light to the first floating offshore windfarm to be built off the coast of Wales, as the UK’s wind industry prepares to power into the Celtic Sea. The Crown Estate granted two new leases for windfarms in Welsh waters on Wednesday, including the seabed rights for a demonstration project that involves installing floating wind turbines 27 miles from the shore. The 96MW Erebus project marks a big step for the development of offshore wind off the Welsh coast, and could emerge as one of Britain’s first floating windfarms beyond Scotland, where one is under construction and another planned. The Crown Estate, which holds the rights to seabeds around the British Isles, encompassing Wales, England and Northern Ireland, has also granted rights for a 10,600 hectare extension to the Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm off the coast of north Wales, which could provide power of up to 576MW, helping Wales meet climate targets.
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The Crown Estate is backing hopes for a green energy boom in the Celtic Sea between Wales, Cornwall and Ireland. Plans are in development for a test bed off the Pembrokeshire coast, southwest Wales, to see whether floating wind turbines — as opposed to those fixed in the seabeds of shallower waters elsewhere around the UK — can open up a new chapter for zero-emission energy. Blue Gem Wind, a joint venture between the French oil and gas group Total and Simply Blue Energy, a green energy developer based in Cork, southern Ireland, has been awarded seabed rights 30 miles off the Welsh coast. While there is a small array of floating turbines off the coast at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Blue Wind’s Erebus — named after the Greek god of darkness born out of chaos — is a marker for the next stage of offshore wind in Britain. Floating wind farms, tethered in waters too deep for conventional turbines and using technologies from the offshore oil and gas industry, open up possibilities for deeper waters off the British Isles.
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Levenmouth ‘needs to see more of the benefits’ of major renewables projects. Levenmouth must receive more of the benefits from major renewable projects being developed in the area, according to a councillor. The first phase of offshore construction has started on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, just 15km off the East Neuk coastline. It will provide low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes when it is completed in 2023. But of the 54 wind turbines being constructed, just eight of the turbine jackets are being constructed at BiFab.
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