ESB confirms ScotWind bid

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/07/2021 ESB
ESB has confirmed its participation in the ScotWind seabed allocation process for Scottish offshore wind projects. The company submitted applications for two floating projects, each up to 1 GW in scale.

Officially launched in June 2020, the application window for prospective developers closed on 16th July, and Crown Estate Scotland hopes to announce the successful applicants early in 2022.

Paul Smith, Head of Asset Development within ESB Generation Trading, commented:“An important element of ESB’s Brighter Future Strategy is to significantly grow our renewables generation portfolio and the ScotWind process provides an ideal opportunity to build on our existing substantial investment in both Onshore and Offshore Wind projects in Scotland to contribute towards the 2050 Net Zero ambition.  The team has chosen two sites that are suitable for floating technology, which will also complement our planned developments for the south and west coasts of Ireland.”

ESB stated that it has established a significant business presence in Scotland over recent years, and has built an onshore wind development portfolio in excess of 1 GW.  It is currently involved in the construction of the 448 MW  
Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project, in partnership with EDF Renewables, and is a joint owner with Red Rock Power of the fully consented 1,080 MW Inch Cape project.  

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