OW and Aker unveil 6GW ScotWind bid

Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind have unveiled details on their ambitious joint bids submitted in the Crown Estate Scotland's ScotWind offshore wind leasing round. Across several sites in the Outer Moray Firth, the two companies have submitted bids floating devices to deliver 6 GW of electricity.

ScotWind is the process currently being undertaken by Crown Estate Scotland, at the direction of the Scottish Government, to grant property rights for the seabed in Scottish waters for new commercial scale offshore wind projects. ScotWind included up to 15 areas, which have the potential to host up to 10 GW in capacity. Initial award of option agreements is expected in January 2022 with those agreements finalised following that.

The Floating Offshore Wind 2021 conference, hosted by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, will get underway in Aberdeen tomorrow (WED), where Ocean Winds (OW) and Aker Offshore Wind (AOW) will outline their bid. The two companies stated that mapping and engaging has already resulted in agreements with suppliers to enable early investment priorities.

OW and AOW would use steel-based semi-submersible floaters called ‘Windfloat’, which was developed by Principle Power Inc (PPI), which is majority owned by AOW and OW.

Sian Lloyd-Rees, managing director of Aker Offshore Wind UK, said: “Our vision is for Scotland to become a global leader in floating offshore wind, contributing to our net zero mission with green energy at scale.

“We can create thousands of highly-skilled local jobs through billions of pounds of investment in local supply chains and infrastructure.

“Our bid would deliver for the next generation by harnessing the green power and extraordinary potential of Scotland’s deep water resources.

“Floating offshore wind is the next step in the renewable revolution, and we’re delighted to partner with Ocean Winds to unveil our ambitious plan for Scotland’s future.”

Dan Finch, managing director of Ocean Winds UK, said: “After a decade of work and investment, we have successfully delivered our vision of Scotland’s biggest windfarm Moray East, in the 50m water depths of the Moray Firth.  

“The Transition to Net Zero means that we need to open new areas of the sea for offshore wind development. We have the skills, experience and technology to take offshore wind out of the Moray Firth and into the deep waters of the North Sea using floating technology.  

“This will create a commercial-scale pipeline for floating foundations; we are already working with the local stakeholders to establish a site for their manufacture.  

“Our vision is leading the world’s commercial scale delivery of floating offshore wind in Scotland so that Scotland can lead the world in floating foundation manufacture and export.”

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. This includes the
WindFloat Atlantic, located 20 km off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, the first semi-submersible floating wind farm in the world, which came online last year.

Aker Offshore Wind is an offshore wind developer headquartered in Norway with focus on assets in deep waters. With global operations, the current portfolio consists of development projects and prospects located in Asia, North America and Europe. It was established in 2020 by parent company Aker.

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