Orsted’s 1000th turbine in UK waters at Hornsea Two Offshore wind farm

This technology has enormous potential for Scotland, a country with a quarter of Europe’s total offshore wind resources, much of which lies in deeper waters, creating enormous potential for offshore wind development. floating.

Although Scotland was the first country in the world to install floating wind farms in 2017, its floating projects have remained modest in size, 25 times smaller than the 1.3 gigawatt Hornsea Two wind farm located 55 miles south of the border. off the Yorkshire coast, which will be the world’s largest traditional offshore wind farm when it comes online next year.

Thanks to the ScotWind lease cycle, the Scottish Government now offers an excellent opportunity to start developing large-scale floating offshore wind projects.

In response to this, Ørsted committed to developing floating wind projects in Scotland as part of the ScotWind lease cycle, submitting bids for both sites comprising a mix of floating and floating wind farms, as well as floating offers only in partnership with Falck Renewables and Énergie BlueFloat.

These projects are being developed on an accelerated schedule to deliver green energy to Scotland by the end of this decade, creating a pipeline of floating projects that would help position Scotland as a global hub for manufacturing and floating wind technology.

This global leadership status will bring long-term jobs to communities across the country, both on the projects themselves and also throughout the supply chain. Any company that obtains a lease to develop offshore wind in Scotland will need to work closely with local colleges and universities to ensure that we are training the next generation of technicians, engineers and project managers to make it happen, and also work to retrain and make the most of the huge talent pool that already exists in the oil and gas industry.

Ørsted is confident that it can complete large-scale floating wind projects in Scotland in a relatively short timeframe. Decades of experience and expertise in designing and delivering large-scale offshore wind projects on time and on budget can help bring floating wind projects into service by 2030, in line with the Scottish government target of 11 GW of offshore wind installed to date.

Scotland has a unique opportunity to become a leader in new floating offshore wind technology, not only with demonstration projects, but also by building a large-scale commercial infrastructure that will set the bar very high for the rest of the world. world.

Over the next ten years, floating offshore wind technology will continue to develop and be able to be commercialized as it moves down the cost curve and evolves into cost competitiveness with offshore wind set at the bottom.

Our decades-long involvement in offshore wind development brings us extensive experience in engineering, construction, operation, maintenance and end-to-end supply chain development. This unparalleled experience in innovation, cost reduction and industrialization of fixed-bottom offshore wind, along with access to our pipeline of global projects, means that we bring many capabilities that will help reduce costs. risks and accelerate the floating industry.

With our unrivaled experience in offshore wind developments, we believe sites can be designed and built quickly and immediately start supporting the growth of the supply chain in Scotland, unlocking investments that will create jobs and opportunities for them. Scottish businesses for generations.

A recent report produced for the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council highlights this potential, suggesting that the initial creation of a Scottish cluster of offshore wind ports would bring £ 1.5bn in economic benefits to Scotland, which could be tripled with additional investments. in manufacturing capacity in Scottish ports.

Harnessing the expertise that already exists in Scotland and coupling it to Ørsted’s experience will be crucial in helping Scotland stay at the forefront of this exciting new technology.

As a global leader in offshore wind, Ørsted has more than 3,000 dedicated offshore wind employees, covering all aspects of the development, construction, operation and ownership of offshore wind farms.

Ørsted has built 7.5 GW of offshore wind and has over 30 years of industry experience, having built the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991.

The company currently has 27 offshore wind farms in operation in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific, and 2.3 GW are currently under construction. This includes the Hornsea 2 wind farm which, when fully commissioned next year, will be the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world, and Ørsted wind farms will provide over 7% of UK electricity. .

Based in Denmark, Ørsted has built several offshore wind farms in the North Sea as a trusted partner of the governments of Denmark, UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

In the past five years alone, Ørsted has secured significant contracts with almost 100 UK suppliers, with several hundred other companies supported in the broader supply chain.

The company has also worked with over 30 UK-based companies that have exported goods and services to support Ørsted’s global offshore wind farm portfolio, including Scottish companies working on projects in Taiwan, Germany. and the United States. Scotland is particularly well placed to benefit from floating projects thanks to its expertise in subsea engineering.

Duncan Clark is UK region manager for Ørsted

A partnership to unleash floating wind potential

Earlier this year, Ørsted announced a partnership to develop large-scale floating offshore wind projects alongside onshore wind community engagement pioneer Falck Renewables and floating wind expert BlueFloat Energy.

The partnership has pledged more than £ 3bn in spending in Scotland directly related to its large-scale floating wind farms, with the ambition of bringing them to over £ 5bn. This would give Scotland’s floating wind industry a boost, creating growth opportunities for Scottish ports and businesses.

These proposals would also provide more than 2,200 MW of clean, renewable electricity if the consortium’s bids were successful.

The consortium combines Ørsted’s unrivaled experience in offshore wind with the unique knowledge and experience of BlueFloat Energy in the development, financing and execution of floating wind projects, and the experience of Falck Renewables in the global project development and community engagement in Scotland.

Martin Neubert, Commercial Director at Ørsted, said: “We recently announced our strategic decision to pursue floating wind opportunities and to drive the commercialization of this technology. Our ScotWind offerings reaffirm Ørsted’s commitment to this exciting and rapidly developing new technology.

“Combining our strong internal development, EPC and O&M capabilities with partners who have practical experience in floating wind projects and a strong local presence in Scotland will allow us to deliver an exciting new proposition for Scotland. ”

Carlos Martin, Managing Director of BlueFloat Energy, adds: “We believe our consortium is uniquely positioned to deliver floating wind projects on the scale and on time expected by the Scottish Government.

“We are committed to unlocking the opportunity of offshore wind for the local industry and harnessing its value for communities in Scotland.

“We have leveraged our experience in floating wind to design a supply chain that combines cost-effective and rapid delivery with a plan to develop a floating wind cluster at multiple sites in Scotland that could create diverse opportunities in communities. keys ”

Richard Dibley, Managing Director of Falck Renewables UK, said: “With over 15 years of experience developing onshore wind projects in Scotland that share their economic benefits as widely as possible with the local population, Falck Renewables is ideally positioned to help develop a framework collaboration for the offshore wind sector that supports the creation of local jobs, skills and value for local communities.

“This is a huge opportunity to increase the capacity and capacity of Scotland’s workforce to develop a competitive world-class floating industry, building on the skills of Scottish SMEs already active in the Scottish markets. engineering, navy and submarine while supporting the government in its transition to energy transition and reaching net zero.