ScotWind Leasing

Next generation wind farms to be unveiled

Wind turbine blades at Port of Nigg (pic: Crown Estate Scotland)

Crown Estate Scotland will announce on Monday which companies have secured rights to build the next generation of offshore wind farms on the seabed.

The ScotWind Leasing process, launched in June 2020, attracted 74 applications and has the potential to deliver enough green electricity to power every home in Scotland.

Developers are looking for the rights to build multi-billion pound projects across the 15 areas of seabed available for development through the Scottish Government’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy.

Successful bidders will move forward with their detailed plans and start work on various types of activities that can progress their projects.

Farms with as much as 10GW of new generating capacity will be built over the next decade. 

Crown Estate Scotland grants full seabed leases only once developers have all the necessary consents and planning permissions from the Scottish Government and other bodies.

Revenue of more than £800m from the leasing will be returned to the Scottish Government for public spending to drive the green recovery and other Scottish Government priorities.

New framework

The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) has today published a set of principles expected to underpin a new Collaborative Framework for Scotland’s offshore wind sector that aims to ensure the indigenous supply chain works together and benefits from the new projects.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald published his Strategic Investment Assessment (SIA) in August last year recommending a framework was put in place ahead of the ScotWind announcement.

SOWEC industry co-chair Brian McFarlane said: “ScotWind is a once in a generation opportunity, so it is vital that industry works together to support Scottish ports create a world class cluster that can underpin successful delivery of projects between now and the early 2030s.”

Business Minister Ivan McKee, added:“As part of ScotWind, developers were asked to clarify their level of commitment to engage and work with the supply chain here in Scotland. The principles being published today are a clear way to support these commitments.”

Professor McDonald, said: “It is encouraging to see this progress being made by the offshore wind industry and government.

“Our real competitors are the other nations also looking to be leaders in offshore wind, which means our challenge in Scotland is working together so that we can compete on the world stage.

“To do that, our ports and suppliers must be world beating. That means that if we work Scotland-wide, we can succeed together.”

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