Energy major Shell and ScottishPower plan the world’s first large-scale floating wind farms off the east and north-east coast of Scotland. Two joint ventures – MarramWind and CampionWind – will generate 3 GW and 2 GW of energy respectively, sufficient to provide reneweable energy for six million homes.
“Scotland has the opportunity to pioneer expertise to develop a new global centre of excellence for offshore wind,” the companies said in a statement. Design, installation and operation of the facilities provide an opportunity for the creation of new jobs, further technology development, new manufacturing opportunities, and a boost to supply chains. Shell’s director of Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions, Wael Sawan, commented: “Floating wind plays to our strengths in deeper offshore projects, and we are well-placed to help advance the wider take-up of this important clean energy source. Renewable electricity will play an increasingly important role in our customer-focused strategy, as we provide more low-carbon products and services customers need for their own journey to net-zero.”
Keith Anderson, ScottishPower CEO, said: “This is a pivotal moment that will reinforce the UK’s position as the global leader in offshore wind and give a significant boost to the economy. We’re excited to have the green light to kick start our plans and look forward to working with Shell and our supply chain partners – who can get in touch now – to bring the world’s first large-scale floating windfarms to UK waters.”
World’s first large-scale floating wind projects planned in Scotland