RPS continues its role to deliver floating offshore wind as a member of the Celtic Sea Cluster

22 Aug 2022

The Celtic Sea Cluster’s vision is to make the Celtic Sea the best place in the world to develop offshore wind. The Cluster was set up to accelerate floating wind development by establishing the market, accelerating supply chain readiness and creating sustainable jobs.  

Our team are ideally placed to support the Cluster’s ambitions. Based in Wales and the south west, we bring a unique mixture of local consenting knowledge through projects such as the Pembroke Dock Infrastructure  and the Marine Energy Testing Area (META)  projects – two of the four pillars of the Pembroke Dock Marine collaborative project, to support the development of the marine energy industry in Wales. This local experience combines 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the offshore wind industry both globally and across the UK; we are currently delivering the EIA and HRA for the Mona (and Morgan) offshore wind farm projects for the bp and EnBW consortium in the Irish Sea.

Commenting on our membership, Nicola Simpson, Technical Director of RPS’ Marine Consenting and Environment team said: “We're thrilled to have our membership confirmed and continue to play an active role in the development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea. Our membership recognises our clear interest in the sector and our commitment to supporting these exciting projects as they move forward. It also provides us with a platform to share the unique knowledge we have gained from our work both within Wales and the South-West and through our position as global offshore wind experts.”  

The development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea is edging closer to reality; last month the Crown Estate announced 5 defined areas of development, to deliver around 4GW of capacity. If you would like to discuss how RPS might support your project, please get in touch with our team at any time. 

About RPS

Founded in 1970 and built on a legacy of environmental and social engagement, RPS is a diversified global professional services firm of circa 5,000 consultants, designers, planners, engineers, and technical specialists.

As an established technology enabled consultancy, RPS provides specialist services to government and private sector clients, focusing on Natural Resources, Urbanisation, and Sustainability, solving problems that matter in a complex, urbanising, resource-scarce world.

RPS’ extensive offshore wind experience includes 20 years at the forefront of the industry, working across the UK, wider Europe, America, Australia and Asia. We have worked on both floating offshore wind and fixed foundation offshore wind projects, and we have deep experience in the provision of technical consultancy and operational support for the energy sector.

Past and present projects include sector firsts such as the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Hornsea One, Two and Three. We are currently delivering the Round 4 EIA and HRA for the bp and EnBW consortium in the UK and supporting the offshore approvals for Australia’s first offshore wind development, Star of the South. We are also providing marine subject matter expertise to support Vineyard Wind, the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind energy project, and have been selected as ESIA consultant for Equinor’s Firefly floating offshore wind project in South Korea.

RPS stands out for its clients by using its deep expertise to solve problems that matter, making them easy to understand. Making complex easy.

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Nicola Simpson

Technical Director, RPS Marine Consenting & Environment T: +44 (0) 1483 746500 Email

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