Blown away by the opportunities in offshore wind

October 28, 2019
Blown away by the opportunities in offshore wind

With the Crown Estate’s recent announcement of Offshore Wind Leasing Round Four, there is a fantastic opportunity for offshore wind developers to get involved in the first leasing round of its type in over ten years. Four new zones will be available off the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

At least seven gigawatts of power are expected to be produced as part of this round, which could supply electricity for up to six million homes. The scale of this leasing round is expected to spark renewed interest in the UK’s offshore wind market, which is already the largest offshore wind market in the world.

In Scotland, the ScotWind leasing round is open for applications until April 2020. This is another significant opportunity for offshore developers who wish to get involved in offshore wind in Scottish waters.

From a Scottish perspective, we are leading the world in the development of floating offshore wind farms. The Hywind development, which was installed in 2017 off the coast of Peterhead, was the world’s first floating wind turbine with a capacity of 30MW.

Continued innovation will see Hywind’s total capacity topped by a new floating offshore windfarm that is currently under construction. The Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm, 15 kilometres off the coast of Aberdeen, is set to power up to 50MW.

Floating wind technology is also being integrated within offshore oil and gas installations in the North Sea in Norway. Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will supply renewable power to offshore oil and gas installations through floating offshore windfarms. This will be another world first for the technology.

With Aberdeen and surrounding areas being at the centre of the floating wind revolution, Renewable UK is once again hosting two major renewable energy conferences in the city.

In partnership with Subsea UK, RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables are bringing the Cables Conference to P&J Live on October 29-30. Subsea cables are becoming increasingly important within the development of renewables, providing the infrastructure to ensure successful export and transmission of power. The conference will be an industry-led event designed to solve real industry problems.

The following day (October 31), the 2019 Floating Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition will also take place at P&J Live. The event is the UK’s largest floating offshore wind conference and exhibition which will explore global market opportunities for both developers and supply chain. It is worth noting that AREG members are entitled to a 20% discount for both events.

Business opportunities within floating technology will be substantial and those who are currently exploring the market will see first mover advantage, as we are very much at the early stages of a fast-moving sector in development. The floating offshore wind conference will provide a platform to discuss challenges presented by new technology with key players in floating offshore wind.

As the world races to decarbonise, renewables-focused events are becoming increasingly important in the business development calendar.  At AREG, we continue to provide events of real value for our members. As part of the World Energy Cities Partnership AGM, we recently hosted a ferry visit to the Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The event was very well received, with delegates from major worldwide energy cities in attendance.

I am certain that the upcoming events will provide excellent opportunities for delegates in a sector which continues to attract global investment. We look forward to engaging with the supply chain and supporting our members with the leasing round applications. Hope to see you there.

Jean Morrison, Chair of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG)

Image credit – Øyvind Gravås – Woldcam & Equinor- Hywind Scotland

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise