Blue Gem Wind has received planning consent from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to install a temporary met mast to study the floating offshore wind potential in the Celtic Sea.
The 120-meter met mast and onshore monitoring equipment is provided by local supplier Solar Wheel.
Due to be installed on the Angle Peninsula, on land near Hubberton Farm, in early March, the met mast will be sighted on the old airfield, 0.5 km inland of East Pickard Bay, for a duration of 15 months.
“The met mast will provide wind speed and other weather-related data so we can better understand the wind resource of the Celtic Sea,” said David Jones, Stakeholder Manager at Blue Gem Wind.
“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.”
Total and Simply Blue Energy established Blue Gem Wind in March 2020 to develop floating offshore wind projects in the Welsh waters of the Celtic Sea.
The partnership shortly after secured seabed rights to develop the 96 MW Erebus project, Wales’ first floating offshore wind farm.
Erebus will feature up to 10 turbines on WindFloat platforms located approximately 44 km southwest of the Pembrokeshire coastline.