BayWa r.e. joins Elicio and Ideol for Scotwind bid

In: Windfarms
BayWa r.e. has signed an exclusive agreement to join the existing consortium of Belgian renewable energy company Elicio and French floating wind technology developer Ideol in progressing a joint bid in the ScotWind leasing round recently launched by Crown Estate Scotland.

BayWa r.e. is a global renewable energy developer, distributor and energy solutions provider that is part of the BayWa Group, which generated a turnover of €17.1 billion and an operating profit of €188.4 million in 2019. BayWa r.e. stated it has installed more than 3 GW of wind and solar projects worldwide, is the operator of a further 8.3 GW and its development portfolio includes +12 GW globally. It has been operating in the UK renewable energy sector since 2010, and now employs 138 professionals across the UK, 77 of whom are based in Scotland.

Matthias Taft, CEO of BayWa r.e., noted: “We are delighted to join forces with Elicio and Ideol, and to jointly drive forward innovation in the Scottish offshore wind sector. Our commitment to growing in the Scottish onshore wind market is clear after our first decade of project realisation. We now look forward to moving into Scottish offshore waters in the next decade and creating further jobs and value for the local supply chain.”

Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, stated: “With this consortium, we bring together a unique array of corporate and individual capability; we believe that our respective track-records and experience of project delivery in offshore wind, wind project development in Scotland and locally constructible floating wind expertise render our joint efforts particularly credible and we are confident we can demonstrate clear and significant positive local economic impacts.”

Alain Janssens, CEO of Elicio, added: “The combined and very complementary know-how of our three major companies will undoubtedly contribute to a competitive and risk-managed delivery of projects with a uniquely high local footprint.”

The Scottish government, via Crown Estate Scotland, is responsible for the management of the seabed in Scotland, and launched an offshore wind tender, Scotwind Leasing, on 10th June. It aims to reach a capacity of 10 GW over a sea surface of around 8,600 km2, intended for fixed or floating offshore projects, with a focus on floating projects in waters deeper than 60 metres.

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