ScotWind offshore wind projects announced

Crown Estate Scotland has announced the 17 projects selected as part of the ScotWind leasing round, the first Scottish offshore wind round in over a decade.

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A total of 74 applications have been submitted and 17 option agreements have now been offered that reserve the rights to specific parts of the seabed. A total of just under £700m will be paid by the successful applicants in option fees and passed on to the Scottish Government for public expenditure.

The area of ​​the seabed covered by the projects is just over 7,000 km2. A maximum of 8,600 km2 has been made available through the Sectoral Marine Plan of the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland said early indications point to a multi-billion pound investment in Scotland’s supply chain, with CEO Simon Hodge describing the results as a ‘fantastic vote of confidence’ in Scotland’s ability to transform its energy sector and its future. supply the economy with renewable energy sources. electricity.

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Winning applicants include BP Alternative Energy Investments, SSE Renewables, Shell New Energies, Falck Renewables, DEME and ScottishPower Renewables.

SSE Renewables will partner with Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation and Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop one of the world’s largest floating offshore wind farms off the east coast of Scotland.

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The project has acquired rights to 859 km2 of seabed, close to the existing 1.1 GW Seagreen offshore wind farm project currently under construction by SSE Renewables, as well as the planned 4.1 GW Berwick Bank superproject under development.

With an average water depth of 72 metres, the site will be capable of supplying up to 2.6 GW of newly installed power, powering nearly 4.3 million Scottish homes.

Another major project to be leased is the bp and EnBW ‘Morven’ project, which will be located approximately 60 km off the coast of Aberdeen. The 859km2 lease is located in an advantaged area, bp said, allowing the partners to develop it as a solid-bottomed offshore wind project with a total generating capacity of approximately 2.9 GW.

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The success of the bid is expected to lead to significant investment across the country as part of bp’s integrated energy approach.

“Our plans go much further than just the turbines offshore,” said Bernard Looney, bp chief executive. “They see us investing in projects and in people – from charging electric vehicles to green hydrogen – in line with Scotland’s energy transition plans.”

A full list of winning projects can be found here.

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