MEMBER NEWS: Tartan trio: Orsted joins BlueFloat and Falck for Scottish floating wind debut bid

July 8, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: Tartan trio: Orsted joins BlueFloat and Falck for Scottish floating wind debut bid

Courtesy of Recharge.

Global offshore wind leader Orsted named BlueFloat Energy and Falck Renewables as its partners for its first bid to deploy floating wind power, as the three joined forces to vie for seabed leases off Scotland.

A consortium of the trio will seek rights to develop sites suitable for “large scale” floating deployment in the ScotWind leasing round being run this year by the Crown Estate Scotland.

The Danish pacesetter in fixed-foundation offshore wind joins BlueFloat, whose CEO Carlos Martin led construction of continental Europe’s maiden floating wind array, the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic off Portgual, and Falck, which has been developing onshore wind farms in Scotland since 2013. BlueFloat and Falck first announced their own partnership in January.

ScotWind will mark the debut attempt by Orsted to enter floating wind, a sector that it stayed clear of for years flagging doubts over high costs of the technology.

Orsted chief commercial officer Martin Neubert 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 partners that have unique hands-on experience in floating wind projects and a strong local presence in Scotland will enable us to deliver an exciting new proposition for Scotland.”

Spain-based BlueFloat, backed by 547 Energy, the renewable energy investment platform of US-based Quantum Energy Partners, bills itself as “a technology-neutral expert with a decade of unique experience and knowledge in developing floating wind projects”.

Martin told Recharge in an interview earlier this year: “We believe that ScotWind will show floating to be fundamentally quite a different type of renewable compared to fixed offshore wind that requires different approaches and that also offers different opportunities,” he said. “And much more so than many in the market realise.”

ScotWind, which closes for entrants later this month, is designed to unlock 10GW of fixed-bottom and floating development off the nation’s coast.

The round has already attracted a stellar array of offshore wind contenders including Vattenfall, Ocean Winds, BP and TotalEnergies.

Orsted has already said it will bid in Norway’s upcoming offshore wind tender, citing the “massive potential” of floating wind power there.

News of the Scottish plan comes a day after Orsted said it will bid to build a 760MW second phase for its Skipjack project off the US

Read the article on the Recharge website here.

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