Naval Energies joins DeepWind offshore wind cluster

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Naval Energies has just joined the DeepWind offshore wind cluster, to which the company offers its expertise in floating wind power as part of the Scotwind leasing tenders recently announced by the Scottish government. Created in April 2019, DeepWind brings together more than 340 members from industry, academia and the public sector, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness and capacity of Scotland's supply chain.

DeepWind is one of eight clusters formed as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The umbrella organisation is currently managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise. Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray sit on the DeepWind steering committee. The cluster is not limited to these geographical areas and is open to all Scottish companies which are already active in the field of offshore wind power and to companies wishing to enter this market.

Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, President of Naval Energies, said: “Naval Energies, a strategic player in floating wind power, will bring its expertise to future Scottish projects. Belonging to DeepWind, accelerator and facilitator, will allow us to work with other partners and thus foster growth and synergies, in a collaborative spirit at the service of the deployment of offshore wind in Scotland.

"Naval Energies thus joins the adventure of floating wind in Scotland, where the company will be able to offer its semi-submersible float. Among the advantages of its technology: a modular and versatile design that will be able to adapt to the many players in Scotwind Leasing and an industrialization as close as possible to the operating area, which will allow strong local content particularly expected in the context of these calls offers ”.

Paul O'Brien, Development Director at Highlands and Islands Enterprise and responsible for the DeepWind cluster, said: “It is great to welcome to DeepWind a leading French developer in the floating wind turbine sector such as Naval Energies. As the UK's largest offshore wind industry organization, DeepWind has attracted the cream of international floating wind turbine companies that participated in the ScotWind Leasing tender and Naval Energies is a valuable addition to their ranks”.

The Scottish government, via Crown Estate Scotland, is responsible for the management of the seabed in Scotland, and launched an offshore wind tender, Scotwind Leasing, on 10th June. It aims to reach a capacity of 10 GW over a sea surface of around 8,600 km2, intended for fixed or floating offshore projects, with a focus on floating projects in waters deeper than 60 metres.

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