ScottishPower & Shell to Bid for Floating Windfarms in UK
ScottishPower and Shell have joined forces to bid to develop the world’s first large-scale floating offshore windfarms in the north-east of Scotland. The proposed projects, part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing, will help decarbonise the UK and support the green economic recovery. The partnership has submitted multiple proposals for new large-scale floating offshore windfarms as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing, which closed for submissions on 16 July.
With decades of experience working offshore, a significant presence in Scotland and strong innovation capabilities derived from delivering large scale energy infrastructure projects, ScottishPower and Shell together provide the right blend of skills and experience to successfully deliver these exciting projects.
Floating offshore wind, a technology that is poised to scale up, is suitable for use in deeper water zones, where fixed foundations aren’t feasible, making it ideal for Scottish waters. It will become an increasingly important part of the energy mix in the UK as more and more offshore wind power is brought on to the grid to meet Net Zero targets.
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 of ScotWind Leasing in early 2022.