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Baryonyx quits US offshore

Baryonyx quits US offshore image

Baryonyx Corporation appears to have pulled the plug on its US offshore wind ambitions.

The developer withdrew permit applications with the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) about a week after learning it failed to win $47m in federal funding for an 18MW pilot project in the Gulf of Mexico, a US ACE Galveston District spokesperson told reNews.

Baryonyx also cancelled its application for the 300-turbine Rio Grande commercial project.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.

The Energy Department in early May awarded funding to Fishermen’s Energy, Dominion Virginia Power and Principle Power to build three offshore wind demonstration projects, as reported by reNews. The agency also pledged to continue limited support for the University of Maine-led 12MW Aqua Ventus floater and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s 18MW freshwater wind farm.

Baryonyx’ three-turbine GOWind scheme off the Texas coast was the only project excluded from follow-on funding.

The GOWind team included turbine manufacturer Siemens, South Texas offshore fabricator Keppel AmFELS for foundations, Texas A&M University and UK-based Offshore Design Engineering (ODE).

Baryonyx and ODE also teamed up to develop the 150MW Ormonde wind farm in the Irish Sea.

The developer holds a lease for the 41,455-acre Rio Grande site off Texas’ South Padre Island however it has also halted US ACE review for an up to 1GW project.

Image: 150MW Ormonde wind farm in the Irish Sea (Baryonyx)

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