Cobra and Flotation Energy submit 7 GW ScotWind bid

Cobra and Flotation Energy plc have unveiled bids for up to 7 GW across several sites in Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing Round. The bids have been submitted through Offshore Wind Ltd, their joint venture company and each project will be up to 1.5GW in size.

The joint venture has also confirmed that it will partner in Scotwind with the Aberdeen headquartered consultancy Wood, and also with Royal HaskoningDHV, the international environmental and consenting consultancy.

A spokesperson for Offshore Wind Ltd said: “These bids bring together a partnership which has very significant expertise in delivering major projects in the Scottish North Sea. We are very pleased to be working with both Wood and Haskoning, building on the strong success that we have already had this year, winning our Round 4 Morecambe project from The Crown Estate.

“We have already completed the Kincardine windfarm situated 10 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast. This has given us invaluable experience of delivering a major renewable energy project in the challenging environment of the North Sea. Now we are determined to do more.”

The Offshore Wind Ltd projects would see billions invested in the Scottish offshore wind supply chain, helping to create hundreds of new and highly skilled jobs. This would mark a major step forward in the deployment of offshore wind in Scotland and will help to secure the country’s position as a world leader.

bring together a wealth of experience from across government and industry, having been responsible for some of the major innovations in the global offshore wind market to date.

In the last 12 months, Cobra and Flotation Energy, in a joint venture, have completed construction of the Kincardine floating wind farm. The venture has also secured 480 MW Morecambe project in The Crown Estate’s recent Round 4 auction, and was awarded the 100MW White Cross floating project off the coast of Devon and Cornwall.

The two companies have also submitted proposals for two major offshore wind farms in Ireland and confirmed a joint venture deal for a floating project in Taiwan.

Flotation Energy’s chief executive Lord Nicol Stephen said: "Building on the success of the Kincardine floating windfarm, our partnership is now in a unique position to deliver successful large-scale Scottish offshore wind projects. Scotland has some of the very best offshore wind opportunities in the world. Our experience gives us the opportunity to help shape the Scottish offshore wind industry for decades ahead and to make a major contribution to Scotland’s 2045 net zero target."

The successful applicants will be announced by Crown Estate Scotland in January 2022.