Floating wind farm in Canada prepares its first wind turbines

It will be a 300 to 400 megawatt floating offshore wind project located 20 to 30 kilometers off Goldboro, Nova Scotia.
The site chosen for the project stands out for its constant, fast, constant and sustained winds.

Expect between 20 and 25 giant wind turbines floating along one of the longest coastlines in the world. Harnessing natural wind energy, each turbine could produce 15 megawatts of energy.

The project is awaiting approval and could come online in 2030 to support the country’s decarbonization goals.
Nova East Wind is led by DP Energy and SBM Offshore. The first is an Irish company that develops, builds and operates renewable energy projects. SBM Offshore is a similar group of companies based in the Netherlands that provides systems and services in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Gerald Sheehan, SBM offshore project development manager, told The Weather Network that he is “actively engaging with First Nations and commercial fishers to address any concerns.”

The wind turbines are expected to be 1.8 to 2.4 kilometers apart, giving fishermen plenty of room to navigate between them.

“There is more space between the offshore turbines than there is between the shores of Halifax Harbour, transiting container ships and everyday vessels,” Sheehan said.

In addition to helping Canada and primarily Nova Scotia with its climate action goals, the project is also expected to create jobs and, in turn, boost the economy.