Global energy provider Total has agreed to purchase an 80% stake in the Erebus floating wind project, located in the UK.

An agreement has been signed with Simply Blue Energy in relation to the acquisition.

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Situated in the Welsh Celtic Sea, the wind project will have a 96MW capacity and will be installed in an area with a 70m water depth.

The new initiative is reported to be part of Total’s strategy to enter floating offshore wind and develop renewable energy.

Total believes that the new floating wind offshore has growth potential in the future.

Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “With its entry into floating offshore wind, Total confirms its ambition to contribute to the development of renewable energy worldwide.

“Floating offshore wind is an extremely promising and technical segment where Total brings its extensive expertise in offshore operations and maintenance.

“Total has the appropriate skills to meet the technological and financial requirements that determine the success of future floating offshore developments.”

Currently, the company has nearly a 7GW gross low-carbon power generation capacity across the globe.

Earlier this month, Total announced that it will build a battery-based energy storage project in France’s Dunkirk port district.

The battery project will be built with an investment of nearly €15m and will have a 25MWh storage capacity and a 25MW power output.

Scheduled for commissioning later this year, the new lithium-ion energy storage system is claimed to be the largest in France.