Mainstream teams up with turbine heavyweights for ScotWind bid

Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services (SFS), via Siemens Project Ventures, reveal partnership for the ScotWind offshore leasing round.

Commenting on the bid, SFS Equity CEO, Steffen Grosse said: “This presents a unique supply chain-led consortium, combining the extensive offshore wind development experience of Mainstream and SFS with world-leading equipment suppliers in Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy."

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Siemens Energy will work with Mainstream and SFS from the very outset of the partnership as Tier One suppliers.

The consortium will focus on developing a competitive local supply chain. The consortium has already achieved great success in developing a sustainable offshore wind supply chain in Hull and the Humber.

Community engagement and investments into re-skilling, training, employment and sourcing also form a core part of the consortium’s proposals, along with decarbonising local industries.

Mainstream has developed and consented the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm, Siemens Gamesa has installed over 60 percent of Scotland’s operational offshore wind turbine capacity, and Siemens Energy has invested almost £200 million into Scottish suppliers over the last five years while delivering renewables and transmission projects.

“Our consortium’s track record of success means we can deliver on our clear plan to drive forward Scotland’s green energy transition supported by the transformation of the local Scottish supply chain.” - Steffen Grosse.

The Closing Date for ScotWind applications was 16th July 2021. It has attracted 74 applications across the 15 areas of seabed available for development.

Other bidders include:
BP and EnBW;
TotalEnergies, Green Investment Group and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group;
Shell and ScottishPower;
Eni and Red Rock Power;
Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind;
Vattenfall and Fred Olsen Renewables;
Ørsted, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy;
TechnipFMC and Magnora Floating Wind;
BayWa r.e., Elicio and Ideol;
SSE Renewables, Marubeni Corporation and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners;
NextGen consortium led by Quaybridge Scotland, Parkwind and Maple Power (50:50 joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board);

Crown Estate Scotland has now begun assessing each application. Option Agreements will be offered to the successful parties from January 2022. Option fees will then be paid by successful applicants to Crown Estate Scotland in exchange for securing the rights to areas of seabed. The maximum amount payable will be £100,000 per km2 of seabed. Crown Estate Scotland will grant full seabed leases only once developers have all the necessary consents and planning permissions from the Scottish Government and other bodies.

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