ScottishPower and Shell join forces for ScotWind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/07/2021 Shell

ScottishPower Renewables and Shell have joined forces for Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing round, which closed for submissions today (16 July).  The partnership has submitted multiple proposals for new large-scale floating offshore wind farms.

ScotWind Leasing is the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters in over a decade, and will grant property rights for new large-scale offshore wind project development, including floating wind for the first time. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to announce the results of this round in early 2022.

ScottishPower CEO Keith Anderson said: “Scotland is the windiest country in Europe and has the biggest and most experienced offshore sector. Bringing ScottishPower and Shell’s collective knowledge, experience and expertise together means we’re perfectly placed to lead the way in developing large-scale offshore floating windfarms and creating a new green industry with massive potential for exporting our skills and experience globally and helping the UK decarbonise its energy generation.

“With just a few months until the COP26 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, ScotWind will help create a whole new industry in floating wind that will play a crucial role in putting the country on course for a cleaner and greener future.”

Shell UK Country Chair David Bunch said “If our bid is successful, Shell and SPR are fully committed to working with Scottish communities and businesses to help develop supply chains and expertise which could make Scotland a world leader in floating wind. At Shell we continue to grow our capacity to generate, trade and supply cleaner power to our customers and to play our part in powering the UK to net zero.”

ScottishPower Renewables is part of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola. Responsible for progressing Iberdrola’s renewable energy projects in the UK, ScottishPower Renewables also manages the development, construction and operation of offshore wind farms throughout the world and currently has over 40 operational wind farm sites generating over 2.5GW of renewable energy. Last year it completed the construction of the the £2.5 billion
East Anglia ONE project in a joint venture with Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). It features a total of 102 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines with the capacity to produce 714 MW of clean energy.

East Anglia ONE is the first of four offshore wind farms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region. The other projects, East Anglia One North, Two and Three, come under a single delivery programme, with a combined capacity of around 3,100 MW, which will be known as The East Anglia Hub. Construction is envisaged to begin in 2022, with a four year construction period expected for the entire East Anglia Hub. The initial 1,400 MW (East Anglia Three) already has planning consent. Planning applications for the further 1,700 MW (split between East Anglia One North, and East Anglia Two) have been submitted.

Offshore wind is a key growth area for Shell as it looks to generate cleaner power for its customers. It is a major shareholder in the Tetraspar Demo - a new floating turbine foundation, that offers leaner manufacturing, assembly and installation leading to lower costs. The structure will be tested in Norwegian waters in 2021.

Shell acquired Eolfi in 2019, a French renewable energies developer specialising in floating offshore wind projects. The acquisition added the
Groix & Belle-Île pilot wind farm to its portfolio, which is being developed off the coast of Brittany with an expected installed capacity of 28.5 MWonce complete.

Shell has a entered a joint development agreement with floating wind specialist CoensHexicon for a project in Ulsan province, Korea. In 2020 it deployed a FLiDAR (floating light detection and ranging) system to assess the feasibility for floating wind in South Korea.

In Ireland, Shell owns a 51% share in the 300 MW
Emerald floating wind farm which is in early-stage development.

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