Floating wind for Scotland, the new bid of Orsted and partners

Orsted floating wind

Floating wind is yet another technology in the offshore wind developments that is taking over the industry quite rapidly; Orsted, the world leader in offshore wind energy announced today that it is participating in Scotland’s leasing round, along partners, for this kind of projects.

Firstly, Orsted will participate in the Crown Estate Scotland’s upcoming Scotwind leasing round in consortium; the group is composed by Orsted itself, community engagement pioneer Falck Renewables; and floating wind expert BlueFloat Energy.

Secondly, the consortium is set to apply for seabed leases in sites which lend themselves to the deployment of large-scale floating wind technology. On the one hand, Orsted is one of the true pioneers in offshore wind power; it developed the first ever wind farm back in 1991.

On the other hand, BlueFloat has unique knowledge and experience in developing; also, financing and executing floating wind projects. Finally, Falck Renewables’ track record in global project development and community engagement in Scotland in particular make the consortium a very solid one.

Consequently, Orsted reports that is ready to participate and win in the leasing round. Martin Neubert, Chief Commercial Officer at Orsted, said. “We recently announced our strategic decision to pursue floating wind opportunities; and to drive the commercialization of this technology.”

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He also said. “Today’s announcement reaffirms Orsted’s commitment to this exciting and rapidly developing new technology. Allying our strong in-house Development, EPC and O&M capabilities; with also partners that have unique hands-on experience in these projects and a strong local presence in Scotland; will enable us to deliver an exciting new proposition for Scotland.”

On the other hand, BlueFloat Energy’s CEO, Carlos Martin, said. “Floating wind is an emerging industry and we are excited to announce our partnership with Orsted. It also reinforces our capabilities and creates a winning consortium for a very competitive Scotwind leasing round.”

Also, Richard Dibley, Managing Director of Falck Renewables UK, remarked. “Falck Renewables are also committed to taking an active role in the development of this kind of projects; as we are convinced the technology will play a crucial role in helping to reach Scotland’s net zero goals.”

Finally, unlike traditional wind farms, floating wind projects use a floating foundation anchored to the seabed by mooring lines; allowing projects to be sited in deeper waters further away from the coast.

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