Shell takes a shine to Emerald

Shell has taken a majority stake in a large Irish floating wind project being developed off the South coast. With a 51% stake, Shell has joined Simply Blue Energy to build the 1,000MW Emerald development, planned for 30-60km offshore in the Celtic Sea in water depths of 90m, near the decommissioned Kinsale gas fields. The initial phase of the project, to be known as Sirius, will be a 300MW development targeted for the late-2020’s. This will dwarf the NKr5.0 billion, 11-turbine, 88MW Hywind Tampen currently under construction 125km off Norway in the North Sea, as the largest floating wind project when commissioned. The project will also help Ireland to improve energy security and decarboniz

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