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Burges Salmon facilitates strategic partnership for floating offshore wind farm development

Burges Salmon facilitates strategic partnership for floating offshore wind farm development


The law firm has played a pivotal role in advising ESB, a leading Irish renewable energy developer, on its strategic partnership with EDF Renewables UK and Reventus Power

The partnership aims to develop the Gwynt Glas Floating Offshore Wind Farm in the Celtic Sea, maximising clean energy opportunities in the region.

Under the partnership agreement, each entity will hold a 33.33% share in the Gwynt Glas project, demonstrating a collaborative effort to capitalise on the vast potential of floating offshore wind energy. Together, they are poised to participate in The Crown Estate’s Leasing Round 5, signaling their commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions.

The Gwynt Glas Floating Offshore Wind Farm project represents a significant step towards boosting clean energy generation while fostering regional economic growth. With a projected capacity of up to 1.5GW, it has the potential to power approximately 920,000 homes, contributing significantly to the UK's renewable energy targets.

Burges Salmon's Energy and Corporate teams, led by Malcolm Donald and Niall Mackle, played a crucial role in facilitating the partnership. Supported by James Phillips from the Projects team, they provided comprehensive legal counsel to ESB throughout the transaction process. Additionally, Chris Worrall, Shachi Nathdwarawala, and Sandra Mapara offered expertise on the competition law aspects of the deal, ensuring regulatory compliance and smooth execution.

Malcolm Donald, Partner at Burges Salmon, highlighted the growing importance of floating wind in the global energy landscape and expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration between ESB, EDF, and Reventus. He emphasised the firm's commitment to supporting innovative ventures in the renewable energy sector.

Gary Connolly, Head of UK Offshore Wind Development at ESB, emphasised the significance of offshore wind in achieving their Net Zero by 2040 target. He commended Burges Salmon for their exceptional guidance and deep understanding of floating wind, facilitating a seamless transaction process.

With over two decades of experience in the renewable energy sector, Burges Salmon continues to be at the forefront of pioneering initiatives. The firm's involvement in strategic partnerships, such as the Gwynt Glas project, underscores its dedication to driving sustainability and innovation in the energy industry.