Geophysical Surveys Coming Up for Shell’s Floating Wind Project in Ireland

Green Rebel Marine will undertake a geophysical site survey campaign at the site of the Emerald floating offshore wind project in the North Celtic Sea, off the south coast of Ireland.

Illustration; WindFloat 1 project; Photo: Principle Power

The surveys will be conducted by the vessel Roman Rebel, using multibeam echosounders and ultra-high-resolution survey equipment, and will start on 13 July and run until the end of this month.

The wind farm site is located in the vicinity of the Kinsale gas fields, which are currently being decommissioned.

The Emerald floating wind farm, planned to have a capacity of 1 GW, was first developed by Kinsale, a venture set up by Simply Blue Energy to develop the Emerald floating wind project.

Last year, Shell New Energies, the renewable energy arm of Shell, signed an agreement with Simply Blue Energy to acquire 51 per cent in Simply Blue Energy’s Kinsale venture.

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According to information from 2020, when Simply Blue Energy presented the Emerald project, the wind farm is planned to be delivered as a staged development.

The first phase of Emerald is planned to comprise between 15 and 25 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 300 MW, installed on Principle Power’s WindFloat floating foundations, also according to earlier information.

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