Ørsted and partners sign agreement to progress gigawatt-scale floating wind site in Scotland
The Ørsted, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy consortium has signed an Option Agreement with Crown Estate Scotland (CES) for its new floating offshore wind site off the north-east coast of Scotland.
Secured during the recent ScotWind offshore wind leasing round, the option agreement secures a seabed lease for a floating wind site of up to 1GW. The project will be located off Caithness, around 50 km east of Wick and is Ørsted’s first large-scale floating wind development project anywhere in the world, as well as expanding Ørsted’s footprint from onshore wind to offshore wind in Scotland. The proposed floating offshore wind farm will be known as Stromar.
Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK for Ørsted said: “Our existing offshore wind farms have transformed the areas where we operate – strengthening local supply chains and providing people with new jobs and skills that really make an impact on people’s lives. We now look forward to bringing our expertise to floating wind for the first time and bringing those same benefits to Scotland while also providing the clean energy which will be crucial to a net zero future.”
As part of the preparatory work to deliver the projects, research will be carried out with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to investigate the potential effects of floating offshore wind developments on the marine environment. Projects under discussion will examine how fishing interests and offshore wind can work together and study the interaction of fish, marine mammals and seabirds with floating offshore wind farms.
Work has already begun with community ownership experts Energy4All on a new framework which will allow residents of Scotland and Scottish communities to share the financial benefits of the offshore wind energy projects the consortium plans to build in the future. A collaboration with Energy Skills Partnership Scotland (ESP) to help train up a skilled workforce in time for construction to begin is also underway.
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