Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7 developing Scottish floating project

In: Windfarms
29/03/2021

Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7 have joined forces to develop the Salamander floating wind project, off the north east coast of Scotland (UK). The companies have formed a joint venture partnership, where Subsea 7 has a minority interest, to develop a pre-commercial project.

Salamander will be another project delivered by Simply Blue, following on from four such projects it is developing with Total and Shell, separately, in the Celtic Sea.

Specifically in Scotland, commercial projects are anticipated to be developed under the ScotWind leasing process. The Salamander project of 200 MW will require a lease in due course from the Crown Estate Scotland, under the innovation and oil and gas decarbonisation leasing activities referenced in the Offshore Wind Sectoral Marine Plan.

Sam Roch-Perks, CEO of Simply Blue, said: “Scotland is one of the best locations on the planet for the development of floating wind projects. As a leading floating wind developer, we want to contribute to the development of this market. Despite best intentions, previous projects have not achieved the hoped-for regional supply chain benefits, but we believe that for the supply chain to capitalise on the opportunities from ScotWind, a stepping-stone project like Salamander is needed.”


John Evans, CEO of Subsea 7, added: “Subsea 7 has a long track record of successfully delivering offshore energy projects which positions us well to support Simply Blue Energy at this early stage of the Salamander project. We believe that floating wind has an important role to play in the wider energy transition and a low carbon future. We look forward to working with Simply Blue Energy on this exciting opportunity.”


Sam Roch-Perks advised on its selection of foundation technology earmarked for project, commenting: “The Salamander project has followed a different approach to selecting a foundation technology. We have studied the capabilities of the supply chain in Scotland and, after a thorough analysis, we are focusing on a technology that we believe can, to a significant extent, be delivered locally. We are engaging with the supply chain to consolidate this research with great support coming from the DeepWind cluster.”


According to the companies, the Salamander project plans to use a floating platform concept that includes several innovations to allow this technology to be manufactured quickly with a high local content. In addition, a low draft requirement for the foundation will enable approximately 50% more Scottish ports to be considered for marshalling and assembly than would otherwise be the case.


Paul O’Brien of DeepWind said: “It’s great to see two of our most active members, Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7, team up to deliver a floating wind project of such scale in Scottish waters off Peterhead. This completes a Celtic triple with Simply Blue now developing floating wind projects in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Even better is their plan to develop the local supply chain in Scotland to help deliver Salamander as a precursor to the commercial scale floating wind projects coming in the ScotWind leasing round. Great news all round.”


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