Gulf of Mexico to be tested for offshore wind potential

UNITED STATES: SgurrEnergy's Galion Lidar wind-scanning device will be used to study the wind resources on the Texan Gulf of Mexico coast to see if an offshore wind plant is viable there.

Texas-based wind power developer Baryonyx Corporation has commissioned the UK offshore wind consultancy to carry out a nine-month trial for their GoWind project.

Baryonyx plans to install three turbines for the project’s demonstration phase. SgurrEnergy said the project may use Siemens 6MW wind turbines.

SgurrEnergy, which is owned by energy services company the Wood Group, will conduct monthly data analysis and energy yield predictions to inform the next phase of the project.

Heather Otten, Baryonyx Corporation’s chief development officer, said: "There is a large capacity for offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico area, and we wanted to deploy a comprehensive measurement device to ensure that we’re properly informed on the wind resource."

SgurrEnergy renewable energy consultant Nick Capaldo said: "Galion’s ability to capture wind speed and directional data and fully characterise wind flow using its remote sensing technology is ideal for this project."