BW Ideol and Ardersier Port ink formal partnership agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/09/2021 BW Ideol
Ardersier Port Authority and BW Ideol have announced the signing a formal partnership agreement. Under this agreement, BW Ideol has gained exclusive and long-term access to Ardersier Port for the manufacturing of concrete floaters.

Furthermore, both parties have agreed to explore the set-up of a serial production line dedicated to the delivery of locally manufactured floating wind substructures based on BW Ideol’s Damping Pool technology.

The Ardersier Port site is the largest brownfield port in the United Kingdom. The site comprising 400 acres of port area with access to a 2.2km quay and 350 acres of statutory harbour authority has been identified as one of three sites on the East coast of the United Kingdom with the size, scale, shape, and location capable of being an Offshore Renewable Energy Hub Port.

Dredging works will commence in October with the port targeting a completion by August 2022.

Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, declared: “The Scottish government has actively initiated the development of a large floating wind industry in Scotland through the Scotwind Leasing and the launch of a consultation for a new Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore wind for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation. This pipeline of projects represents a unique opportunity to create a dedicated supply chain in Scotland. Faithfull to its industry-leading track record in terms of local value creation, BW Ideol hereby reaffirms its strong commitment to manufacture floaters in Scotland, creating a sustainable floating wind industry and maximizing local content in the process.”

Steven Regan of Ardersier Port Authority stated: “The UK has set a world leading net zero target to build back better which means building back greener. This strategic partnership allows us to work towards bringing an essential manufacturing facility to Scotland which complements our vision of using circular economy practices to deliver the United Kingdoms Energy Transition plans. At Ardersier we will deliver a world class multi disciplinary facility of a unique scale that will provide long term sustainable benefits to clients and communities.”

BW Ideol is part of the Floating Energy Allyance, alongside BayWa r.e. and Elicio, a partnership that has submitted applications to Scotwind Leasing. The group is one of a number of bidders in the ScotWind leasing round, run by Crown Estate Scotland, which closed on 16th July.