SSE Renewables, Marubeni and CIP submit ScotWind bid

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/07/2021 SSE Renewables
SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through one of its CI funds, have jointly submitted competitive bids into Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind seabed leasing process.

SSE Renewables is currently building the 1.1GW
Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm in the Firth of Forth which will be Scotland’s largest, and the world’s deepest, fixed bottom offshore wind farm when complete in 2023. Together with CIP, SSE Renewables also successfully co-developed and constructed the operational 588MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, the first large-scale deep-water offshore wind development in Scotland. In the north of Scotland, CIP has outlined plans to build a floating wind farm with a capacity of up to 100 MW off the coast of Dounreay in the Pentland Firth.

Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables, said: “We’re delighted our ScotWind partnership has now submitted our bids. This is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from our team and we believe our bids demonstrate the local experience, technology and sustainability leadership, and global expertise that our partnership brings. We know ScotWind will play a pivotal role in delivering Scotland’s offshore wind target of 11GW by 2030, and we believe we’re uniquely placed to utilise our immense knowledge, experience and commitment to play a key role in helping the country lead the charge towards Net Zero.”

Hisafumi Manabe, President and CEO of Marubeni Offshore Wind Development Corporation, said: “It is great news that our unique partnership has now reached this milestone. The global sector experience we have at Marubeni Corporation, including building floating offshore wind demonstration projects in Japan, complements that of our bid partners. We are excited about the prospect of progressing projects in Scotland and look forward to the announcement of the ScotWind results in due course.”

Michael Hannibal, Partner at CIP, said: “ScotWind presents a huge opportunity for a wealth of economic benefits to be realised in Scotland with up to 10GW of new projects. We will seek to maximise the opportunities that are available to the Scottish supply chain to take part in these future projects. Our partnership is proud that we can continue to play a significant role on the pathway to net zero and ScotWind provides an important opportunity to cement Scotland’s position as a global leader in offshore wind for both fixed bottom and floating projects.”

Earlier this month the SSE Renewables-Marubeni-CIP Partnership announced that it has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Highlands and Islands for a collaboration to deliver targeted science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research and employability initiatives to students in schools and colleges.