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Aker, Ocean Winds joint venture plans 6GW floating offshore wind project in Scotland

September 15, 2021

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After forming a partnership in July, offshore wind developers Ocean Winds SL and Aker Offshore Wind AS said Sept. 14 that they submitted a bid to use floating devices to deliver 6 GW of energy as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind lease round process for several sites in the Outer Moray Firth.

The project is designed to enable Scottish businesses to ramp up ahead of production, with the partners committing to 40% minimum supply chain content in Scotland, they said in a Sept. 14 news release. The companies said their bid would be the largest wind energy development in the U.K. and would power millions of homes.

“The transition to net zero means that we need to open new areas of the sea for offshore wind development. We have the skills, experience and technology to take offshore wind out of the Moray Firth and into the deep waters of the North Sea using floating technology,” Ocean Winds U.K. Managing Director Dan Finch said in a statement.

Ocean Winds is a venture of EDP Renováveis SA and Engie SA. It is a developer of the 950-MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, which produced its first power earlier this year and should be fully operational in 2022. Aker Offshore is part of Norwegian holding company Aker ASA.

The 6 GW bid comes after Invenergy LLC and BW Offshore Ltd. announced that they have formed a joint venture to build up to 5.4 GW of offshore wind as part of the ScotWind seabed leasing round. Recently, Thistle Wind Partners, a consortium of Belgium-headquartered marine dredging specialist DEME Concessions NV, Qair Marine SAS and Aspiravi International NV, announced that it will participate in the ScotWind seabed leasing process.

[Stephen Cedric Jumchai]

More ($): Ocean Winds, Aker unveil 6-GW bid for Scotwind lease round

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