Crown Estate Scotland confirms ScotWind rental winners

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Crown Estate Scotland has announced the outcome of its application process for ScotWind Leasing – Scotland’s first offshore wind leasing round in over a decade.

A total of 17 projects were selected from a total of 74 applications and are now being offered option agreements that reserve the rights to specific areas of the seabed.

A total of just under £700m will be paid by successful applicants in option fees and passed on to the Scottish Government for public expenditure.

The seabed area covered by the 17 projects is just over 7,000 km2.

Early indications suggest a multi-billion pound investment in Scotland’s supply chain, while the potential electricity generated will enable the growing electrification of Scotland’s economy as it moves towards net zero emissions.

The selected ScotWind projects are:

Map reference

Principal applicant

Option fees

Technology

Total capacity (MW)

1

BP Alternative Energy Investments

£85,900,000

Fixed

2,907

2

SSE Renewables

£85,900,000

Floating

2,610

3

Falck Renewables

£28,000,000

Floating

1,200

4

Shell New Energies

£86,000,000

Floating

2,000

5

Vatten Falls

£20,000,000

Floating

798

6

DEME

£18,700,000

Fixed

1,008

seven

DEME

£20,000,000

Floating

1,008

8

Falck Renewables

£25,600,000

Floating

1,000

9

ocean winds

£42,900,000

Fixed

1,000

ten

Falck Renewables

£13,400,000

Floating

500

11

Scottish Renewable Energy

£68,400,000

Floating

3,000

12

Bay Wa

£33,000,000

Floating

960

13

Offshore wind power

£65,700,000

Fixed

2,000

14

Northland Energy

£3,900,000

Floating

1,500

15

Magnora

£10,300,000

Mixed

495

16

Northland Energy

£16,100,000

Fixed

840

17

Scottish Renewable Energy

£75,400,000

Fixed

2,000

Totals £699,200,000 24,826

Simon Hodge, Managing Director of Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Today’s results are a fantastic vote of confidence in Scotland’s ability to transform our energy sector.

“As well as the environmental benefits, it also represents a major investment in the Scottish economy, with around £700m going directly into public finances and billions of pounds in supply chain commitments.

“The variety and scale of projects that will move into the next stages shows both the remarkable progress of the offshore wind sector and a clear sign that Scotland is set to become a major hub for the development of this technology in the years to come. come.”

If an application does not progress towards signing a full agreement, the next highest-scoring application will be offered an option instead.

Once these agreements have been officially signed, the details of the supply chain commitments made by the applicants as part of their Supply Chain Development Statements will be published.

This is just the first step in the long process these projects will have to go through before the turbines are launched, as the projects move through approval, funding and planning stages. .

Bids have been submitted for 15 seabed areas – including the North Sea east of Angus, east Shetland west of Orkney and the outer Moray Firth.

Scotland’s biggest source of renewable energy is the Moray East project in the Outer Moray Firth, with 950MW of capacity from 100 offshore turbines, and CES hopes up to 10GW of new capacity could be built over the next decade.

ScottishPower has secured seabed rights to develop three new offshore wind farms off the coast of Scotland, including two new floating wind farms being developed in conjunction with Shell.

The projects – with a total capacity of 7 GW – will more than triple ScottishPower’s existing offshore wind pipeline from 3.1 GW to an incredible 10.1 GW. They understand :

  • MarramWind joint venture (in partnership with Shell) off the northeast coast of Scotland (3GW floating).
  • CampionWind joint venture (in partnership with Shell) off the east coast of Scotland (floating 2 GW).
  • MachairWind project off Islay (ScottishPower only 2 GW fixed).

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Chief Executive, said: “This is a watershed moment that will strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in offshore wind and boost the UK economy, with ScottishPower at its heart. of this transformation.

“We look forward to working with Shell and our supply chain partners to make this happen – come talk to us now.”

The joint venture between Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), TotalEnergies and RIDG has secured rights in the N1 area to develop a 2GW offshore wind farm project under the ScotWind lease round. The West of Orkney Windfarm will be located 30km off the west coast of Orkney in Scotland.

Mark Dooley, Global Head of GIG, said: “We are a long-standing investor in the offshore wind sector in the UK, with an established Scottish presence – and we are delighted that our commitment to these markets has been recognised.

“We believe this option agreement will be truly transformative for the wider Scottish economy, unlocking new ways to accelerate the transition to net zero and creating hundreds of green jobs.”

Gordon MacDougall, managing director of Baywa re UK and head of the Floating Energy Alliance, which has secured an option agreement for NE8, a site approximately 75km northeast of Fraserburgh, said: “We are delighted that the The partnership’s unique breadth and depth of capability and expertise were recognized.

“The project would be one of the largest floating offshore wind farms in the world when built, helping to achieve Scotland’s net zero target and putting the country at the forefront of global growth in this new technology. .

“It also has the potential to support thousands of jobs here in Scotland during construction and many hundreds of direct and indirect jobs on an ongoing basis over its lifetime.”

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