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Global Energy Group and Salamander floating wind project ink agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 01/06/2021 Global Energy Group

Salamander project developed by Simply Blue Energy in partnership with Subsea 7 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Energy Group (GEG) to collaborate in the design, development and execution planning of the floating wind project. Salamander and GEG intend to work side-by-side to ensure that the project is developed in a way to maximise the floating platform content that can be placed within the Scottish supply chain.

Salamander project previously announced a Joint Venture with Subsea 7 to develop the floating offshore wind project off the North East coast of Scotland as well as a collaboration agreement with Ocergy to evaluate their floating foundation concept. The aim of the project is to provide a ‘stepping-stone’ to bridge the gap between current demonstrator projects and the future commercial projects leased in the ScotWind process.

Collaboration between Salamander and GEG at an early stage of project development aims to:
  • provide direct input to the design process for the supply chain experts to enable optimisation of the structural design for assembly within the Scottish supply chain,
  • ensure that Scottish supply chain can be ready for future commercial floating offshore wind projects by building knowledge and project experience,
  • provide visibility to the supply chain of project requirement so that they can have the confidence to build capability,
  • provide visibility over project pipeline,
  • reduce cost and provide better value to the energy consumers,
    Adrian de Andres, Salamander Project Director said: “This partnership between the Salamander project and GEG materialises the project’s commitment to the Scottish supply chain. We are focused on adapting our project so that we can maximise the potential for local jobs in assembly and manufacturing. The signing of this collaboration agreement will enable the Salamander team to have access to the expertise of one of the standout fabrication and marshalling facilities within Scotland. Furthermore, we are committed to pioneer a new way of working with the supply chain, developing a collaboration and partnership relationship since the very early stages of project development.”

    Iain Sinclair, GEG’s Executive Director and Head of Renewables & Energy Transition said: “There is great alignment between the vision behind the Salamander project and GEG’s strategic ambition. Our current and future planned capabilities are well suited to this exciting project and going forward, floating wind will play a central role in Global Energy Group’s business growth plans. We believe this partnership with the Salamander project will enhance GEG’s position as a world leader for floating wind fabrication and assembly ‘Stepping-stone’ projects like Salamander are important for the Scottish energy transition supply chain. They ensure that local content can be realised in floating wind commercial projects and collaborations like this are a further positive step towards achieving the UK Government’s 60% local content ambition from the Offshore Wind Sector Deal"

    Maree Todd, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross said: “I’m delighted to hear of this collaboration between Global Energy Group and the Salamander floating wind project which puts Caithness, Sutherland & Ross right at the centre of innovative developments in renewable energy. Our potential in floating wind is vast and unique. By utilising this asset, which we have in abundance in the Cromarty Firth, we are feeding into the local supply chain, creating high-skilled jobs and boosting the local economy, all while tackling climate change. This project very much aligns with the Scottish Government’s net-zero ambitions and considering what it offers the communities I represent, I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”

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