Arup to support ScotWind Leasing

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 21/02/2020 Arup

Engineering and consultancy firm Arup has been appointed by the Crown Estate Scotland as a specialist reviewer for ScotWind Leasing - the first offshore wind leasing round in Scotland for a decade.

Arup will work together with Crown Estate Scotland to finalise the approach to evaluating applications from developers. It has been tasked to advise on the process by which developer applications are assessed and option agreements allocated to bidders. In addition, Arup will be part of the team of reviewers that will evaluate individual applications together with Crown Estate Scotland.

ScotWind Leasing is planned to launch in Spring 2020. It will be the first offshore wind leasing round in Scotland for a decade, and the first by Crown Estate Scotland.

“How we collaborate with our clients enabling the scale up and roll out of offshore wind is a significant opportunity for the Scottish and UK energy markets to innovate and progress towards deep decarbonisation of our energy system. Working with the Crown Estate Scotland on its first leasing round will have a significant impact on Scotland's ability to become a net-zero emissions economy by 2045. We have a proven track record supporting offshore wind projects in Scotland, the UK and globally and we’re committed to helping the industry innovate and progress alongside Crown Estate Scotland,"
said Clare Lavelle, Head of Energy Consultancy, Arup

John Robertson, Head of Energy & Infrastructure at Crown Estate Scotland said: “We are committed to helping enable Scotland’s ambition to achieve a net-zero emissions target by 2045 through our role as manager of Scotland’s seabed. ScotWind Leasing will provide certainty and clarity for those seeking to lease seabed for new offshore wind farms in Scottish Waters, encouraging low-carbon generation, and we look forward to working with Arup as we deliver a robust and transparent leasing process."

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