Austin, Texas-based Baryonyx submits applications to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for three offshore wind farms on more than 60,000 leased acres in Gulf of Mexico; projects could total 3 GW if fully developed
June 16, 2011
– Three planned Rio South Texas wind farms could power more than a million homes.
Texas has a global reputation for being home to major oil and natural gas fields, but the winds of change have brought a new energy player to the Lone Star State; wind energy. Baryonyx Corporation, of Austin, Texas, has announced submission of applications for three wind energy sites in South Texas to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The wind farms are planned for development across more than 60,000 acres of submerged land under lease from the Texas General Land Office and, if fully developed, could have an installed capacity of up to 3GW – enough electricity to power around 1.2 million homes.
"Offshore wind represents a tremendous opportunity for Texas to bring its long history of offshore engineering, design, fabrication and installation to bear on the nascent offshore wind industry," says Ian Hatton, CEO of Baryonyx Corporation.
"For the last few years, RSTEC has invested time and money on attracting renewable energy companies into the area. Along with Duke Energy's proposed wind farm in Willacy County, and other proposed wind farms, our region has a great opportunity to capitalize on these multi-million dollar investments," stated Raudel Garza, Executive Director for RSTEC.
In addition, RSTEC is also actively working with other companies that will complement the wind farm project. "These wind projects represent a huge employment and investment potential for Rio South Texas, if we can focus on attraction of component manufacturers for the turbines and towers and other equipment," says RSTEC member Eduardo A. Campirano, CEO and Port Director of the Port of Brownsville. "RSTEC just returned from the AWEA WindPower 2011 Show in California, and discovered many companies interested in the Rio South Texas region."
Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, bordering Mexico along the Rio Grande River, the Rio South Texas area offers an ideal location for companies seeking access to Mexico and the U.S. South and Midwest markets. RSTEC is dedicated to the promotion of new business opportunities and job creation through private investment in the region, and welcome the Baryonyx wind farms to our prospering region.