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Lease round pushes offshore wind pipeline in Scotland to 36 gigawatts

March 24, 2023

The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) has hailed the latest results of Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round, noting the country is now a world leader in floating offshore wind.

The INTOG announcement of 5.4GW of new capacity being offered leases means that when added to existing Scottish projects such as ScotWind, Scotland now has a pipeline of over 36GW, including 22.5GW of floating offshore wind.

This floating pipeline represents over 30% of the global total of known floating projects, strengthening Scotland’s position as a global leader in floating offshore wind.

SOWEC industry co-chair Brian McFarlane said: “The successful announcement of INTOG demonstrates strong appetite among industry for new project leases. It also demonstrates that our sector is innovating and helping Scotland manage its energy transition.

“To build these projects we will need to make use of Scottish deepsea expertise built up over many years. That gives us the opportunity to show the world how to successfully build and operate floating offshore wind sites and commercialise innovation that will come from this early experience.

[Staff Report]

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