Shell partners with Simply Blue to develop Western Star floating wind project

Shell partners with Simply Blue to develop Western Star floating wind project

25 Nov 2021

Shell has signed an agreement with Irish blue economy developer Simply Blue Group to acquire a 51% share of their Western Star venture, which seeks to develop a floating wind farm off the Clare coast in Ireland.

This follows a similar agreement earlier this year to jointly develop the Emerald floating wind project off the south coast of Ireland. The Western Star joint venture will be developed by Simply Blue Group personnel and Shell floating wind experts, with the project office based at Simply Blue Group headquarters in Cork.

The project aims to harness the vast floating wind potential in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Ireland. The joint venture will seek to co-develop up to 1.35GW in total: 300MW-450MW in the first phase with 700MW-900MW to follow. This is equivalent to powering over one million Irish homes.

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