Green Volt given Scoping Greenlight

Scottish Ministers have issued its opinion for the Scoping Report, submitted by Flotation Energy and CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd (CPEL) for the Green Volt offshore wind projects.

A first of its kind, Green Volt will use a grid connected offshore wind farm to provide 100% of the power required by one of the largest oil and gas platforms in the North Sea as well as providing power to the UK grid - eliminating a total of at least 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The proposed project area is to be located on the decommissioned Ettrick and Blackbird oil and gas developments, The site boundaries will be selected from within the area identified in the Area for Lease (AfL) applied for through Crown Estate Scotland (CES) Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round.

Water depth (100 -115 m) is suitable for the deployment of floating wind turbine substructures fitted with the next generation of offshore turbines (>10 MW).

This Scoping Opinion identifies the scope of impacts to be addressed and the method of assessment to be used in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (“EIA Report”) for the Proposed Development.

The proposed development is subject to an award of seabed rights from Crown Estate Scotland and success in the INTOG leasing round, with the bidding window currently anticipated to open in June 2022.

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