Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind form ScotWind alliance

Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind have formed a new partnership for the development of offshore wind in Scotland using floating technology.

Currently partnering in California, USA, and Korea, the companies will join forces to bid in the ScotWind leasing round, which is making new seabed leases available for the development of offshore wind in Scottish waters. The two companies will jointly submit the bid by 16 July to Crown Estate Scotland .

Ocean Winds (OW), a 50-50 offshore wind joint venture owned and created by EDP Renewables and ENGIE. It has interests in a number of fixed and floating foundation projects across Europe, North America and Asia.  

“Aker Offshore Wind is an ideal complement to Ocean Winds with synergies that make this partnership stronger than the sum of its parts. Aker brings five decades of offshore experience in the oil and gas industry together with expertise and competence to industrialise and scale new floating offshore technology. Ocean Winds (a 50:50 partnership of ENGIE and EDPR) bring a history of world-leading renewable electricity development, culminating in the delivery of Scotland’s biggest offshore windfarm. Together we have the size, experience and dependability to introduce floating offshore wind technology to Scotland at commercial scale,”
said Dan Finch, Managing Director of Ocean Winds UK.

Aker Offshore Wind is an offshore wind developer headquartered in Norway, with a focus on assets in deep waters.
It has supported the design and delivery a number of semi-submersible floating offshore installations. The company is majority-owned by Aker Horizons, an investment company dedicated to creating value and reducing emissions from renewable energy and decarbonisation technologies.  

“Aker has a history of transitioning and delivering marine industry capabilities, technology, and digital innovation from Scotland to manage and de-risk offshore projects. In Ocean Winds we have a partner which has delivered Moray East, Scotland´s largest wind farm yet. Adding to that Aker’s offshore fabrication competencies and strong supply chain partnerships, the consortium is perfectly positioned to take this important step for Scotland in the transition to renewable energy,”
said Kristian Røkke, Chairman of Aker Offshore Wind.

Dan Finch added: “Ocean Winds has a long history of project delivery in the Moray Firth, having brought the 950MW Moray East – Scotland’s biggest windfarm - from concept to generation. More than a decade ago, we had the vision of commercial scale generation in deeper water, further from shore, using bigger turbines than the available technology of the day. Now we are delivering that vision in the Moray Firth,”.

“The Aker group of companies have many decades of industrial heritage behind them, as they look to the future of digitalizing the floating wind industry,”
added Røkke. “Together, Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind will bring determination, innovation, and experience proven to successfully introduce and deliver new technology, while at the same time, significantly reducing energy costs.”