Beach Uses Kupe Platform to Help New Zealand’s Offshore Wind Industry | Rigzone

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Oil and gas company Beach Energy has agreed to use its Kupe platform off New Zealand to help develop the country’s offshore wind industry.

An agreement between a consortium of BlueFloat Energy, Energy Estate and Elemental Group with Beach Energy and other offshore wind developers has been seen as a significant step forward in the development of New Zealand’s offshore wind industry.

Beach Energy has agreed to install a Light Doppler detection and ranging (LiDAR) system on the Kupe platform operated by Beach, offshore South Taranaki. The system measures several key data points that are essential for developers in planning their projects, such as wind speed, direction and consistency. Beach has agreed to share this data with several offshore wind developers, reducing the need for duplication and bringing a new collaborative dimension to this energy sector.

“This initiative will allow us to assess wind resources in South Taranaki and reduce uncertainty about future offshore wind development in the region. This opens the door to a new spirit of collaboration where we can discuss the potential of shared infrastructure, transmission corridors and offshore transmission networks.

“Our consortium wants to create an inclusive offshore wind energy industry – not just projects. This means contributing directly to the local community and economy, generating jobs, skills and training, and opportunities all throughout the supply chain. We appreciate Beach’s leadership in this area and are optimistic about the bright future of the industry at Taranaki,” said Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy.

The consortium has spent the last two years researching the feasibility of offshore wind and engaging with key stakeholders and is convinced that there is great potential for offshore wind energy in New Zealand. Subject to the establishment of the regulatory framework and the obtaining of all the necessary authorizations, the first wind turbines are expected to be in the water before the end of the decade.

“New Zealand is blessed with world-class offshore wind resources and the potential for the development of the offshore wind industry here is enormous. After meeting with government, business, mana whenua and industry, I am convinced that there is a genuine need and desire to develop the industry here in a way that benefits the whole community,” said Energy Estate co-founder Simon Currie.

“The benefit of creating an offshore wind energy sector here in New Zealand is clear,” says Elemental Group Director Nick Jackson. “Offshore wind power can provide a clean source of renewable energy to power businesses and homes across the country. It will help help New Zealand meet its net zero commitments and provide significant investment in new jobs, training and skills development.

According to the companies, four potential offshore wind projects across New Zealand have the potential to generate up to 5GW of electricity.

The consortium estimates that offshore wind power can help achieve 600% renewable energy in New Zealand’s Aotearoa part and will complement other renewables such as hydro, onshore wind, solar and geothermal, opening up possibilities for new businesses like green hydrogen, electric fuels. , and innovations to decarbonize industrial processes.

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