Petroc wind farm, along with its sister project in Welsh waters, Llywelyn, will be among the first commercial-scale floating offshore wind projects in the UK, using the next generation in clean renewable offshore energy technology. Cutting-edge floating wind technology will enable Petroc to be located in deeper water, and further offshore, minimising visual and environmental impacts while taking full advantage of stronger and more consistent winds.
With excellent wind resource, suitable water depth and a requirement for new electricity generation, the Celtic Sea is highly attractive to floating wind development. The region offers a unique opportunity to unlock new clean energy capacity and help establish a new industrial sector. To date, these waters have seen comparatively little offshore infrastructure deployment.
Petroc is one of two cutting-edge floating offshore wind projects developed by Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy in the Celtic Sea. Together with Llywelyn, these projects could contribute up to 600MW of renewable energy capacity to South Wales and South West England, and deliver most of the UK’s 1GW floating offshore wind target by 2030. You can read more about Llywelyn here.
Petroc’s location has been selected following an extensive feasibility study and rigorous site assessment process. Our assessment has included reviews of protected areas, environmental impacts, cable routing, existing infrastructure, marine traffic, and fishing activity.
We have signed an agreement with National Grid, securing a 300MW grid connection in North Devon. The system operator is exploring upgrades to the existing site to facilitate the connection. These developments will enable the Petroc offshore wind project to quickly enter the planning system.