Simply Blue and Subsea 7, companies specialized in offshore wind farm projects among others, have formed a consortium together with local Australian project developer Spark Renewables.
The aim is to advance the development of the Sea Fern Floating Offshore Wind project in the newly designated Commonwealth Wind Zone in the Pacific Ocean off Hunter in New South Wales.
The floating offshore wind farm project is expected to have a generating capacity of up to 2,000 MW (2 GW). Depending on the technology, 100 to 135 wind turbines will be installed. The final number of turbines will depend on market availability and their specifications. According to the companies, the electricity generated through the wind farm could be used to power a calculated 1 million Australian homes per year.
About the consortium partners Ireland-based Simply Blue Group is a leading developer of floating offshore wind energy projects. The company says it currently has a project pipeline of 10 GW in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Americas and is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities and developing projects that are compatible with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.
Australian project developer Subsea 7 says it is a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services to the energy industry. To date, the company has successfully completed over 1,000 projects, including some of the largest offshore wind projects in the world. Subsea7 has already partnered with Simply Blue Group on the Salamander floating offshore wind project in Scotland.
Spark Renewables is among Australia’s leading developers and operators of renewable energy generation assets. The company has a portfolio of wind, solar and storage power projects across Australia that are in the operational and development phases.