Nova East Wind to Inaugurate Canadian Offshore Wind Industry


Nova East Wind Inc., a joint venture between DP Energy, a renewable energy company based in Ireland, and SBM Offshore, a Dutch company specializing in vessels for the offshore energy industry, has been established to develop Canada’s first offshore wind farm. The proposed floating offshore wind farm project, with a generation capacity of 300 MW to 400 MW, would be located approximately 12-18 miles off Goldboro, Nova Scotia.

This stepping-stone project has the potential to kick-start an exciting new industry in Nova Scotia, contributing to the decarbonization of the local electricity grid, in support of the province’s 2030 goal of generating 80% of its electricity from renewable sources.

The growing project team was set-up in 2021 and has been actively engaging with stakeholders and other interested parties in Nova Scotia to understand local constraints and opportunities. The team has primarily focused on identifying and adopting environmental, regulatory, supply chain, workforce and construction best practices as the project develops.

The precise location of the wind farm will be determined following relevant regulations and further engagement with key stakeholders and right holders such as First Nations, governments, commercial fishers, local communities, environmental groups and industry regulators.

“Nova East Wind’s project off Goldboro is an important step in Nova Scotia’s renewable energy journey which we are incredibly excited to be a part of,” Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy.

DP Energy and SBM Offshore have significant experience working in Nova Scotia to help advance the region’s offshore energy ambitions. This includes acquiring in-depth understanding of local regulatory practices and building a successful track record of local partnerships and business associations.

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