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Wood awarded contract to assess Irish offshore wind farm



Wood Group has been awarded an engineering contract by Simply Blue Energy for a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the west coast of Ireland.

It will be responsible for assessing the suitability of multiple floating platform designs against specific criteria.

The engineers will look at the lifecycle of a development in terms of capital expenditure, construction and operational costs.

The Western Star Floating Offshore Wind project aims to harness the wind power of the Atlantic Ocean to produce sustainable energy for Ireland and beyond.

It is being developed in parallel with the company’s Saoirse wave energy conversion array.

Andy Hemingway, president of energy, innovation and optimisation at Wood, said: “As an emerging technology, floating wind farms could supercharge the world’s renewable energy capacity and will be an important part of the global energy transition.

“Investing in this technology of the future will help Ireland reach its targets on greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.”

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