Mainstream selects leadership team - Plans for 1.1GW Australian offshore wind

Mainstream shuffles the deck after naming a new CEO, while an energy company plans a 1.1GW wind farm off Western Australia

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Mainstream Renewable Power has appointed Paul Corrigan as its new chief financial officer, replacing Mary Quaney who was recently promoted to CEO.

Corrigan has served as the developer’s head of corporate finance since 2014, where he was responsible for funding the company’s global activities.

The company has also appointed the head of its offshore wind business, Cameron Smith, to its global leadership team.

Smith has worked in Mainstream’s offshore wind unit since 2008 and as chief operations officer led teams that gained permitting approval for its Hornsea and Neart na Gaoithe wind farms.

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Australian energy company Pilot Energy is investigating the potential for developing a 1.1GW offshore wind farm off Western Australia that would be paired with an onshore solar project.

It has launched a feasibility study for the Mid West Wind and Solar project, which will also examine the potential for using existing gas infrastructure for the production and supply of green hydrogen.

The offshore wind component would be built in four phases and would comprise 78 turbines with power ratings of 14MW, at least 14km from the coast in waters 20-40 metres deep.

Pilot believes the project could have the potential to attract strategic co-investors.

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Iberdrola has awarded supply contracts for the offshore substation at its 496MW Saint Brieuc wind farm off Brittany.

A joint venture of Eiffage Métal and Engie Solutions will be responsible for the substation.

Eiffage Métal will be in charge of the engineering and construction of the foundation and topside that  houses the transformers and electrical equipment, while Engie Solutions will carry out final assembly work and commissioning tests.

Substation fabrication is due to finish in early 2022, before project commissioning scheduled for 2023.

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