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Ørsted announces partnership with Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy to unlock floating wind potential in Scotland


By Calum MacLeod

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Ørsted’s Hornsea One offshore wind farm, comprising 174 7 MW turbines, lies off the Yorkshire coast,.
Ørsted’s Hornsea One offshore wind farm, comprising 174 7 MW turbines, lies off the Yorkshire coast,.

World leading offshore wind developer Ørsted has entered a partnership with onshore wind community engagement pioneer Falck Renewables and floating wind expert BlueFloat Energy, to participate in the upcoming ScotWind leasing round.

The consortium is set to apply for seabed leases in sites which lend themselves to the deployment of large-scale floating wind technology in the Crown Estate Scotland’s upcoming ScotWind leasing round.

Since pioneering the first ever offshore wind farm in 1991, Ørsted has developed and built more offshore wind projects than any other company in the world.

Martin Neubert, chief commercial officer at Ørsted, said: “We recently announced our strategic decision to pursue floating wind opportunities and to drive the commercialization of this technology. Today’s announcement reaffirms Ørsted’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.”

Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby
Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby

Duncan Clark, Ørsted's UK regional head, said: “We have seen the positive, transformative impact of Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in providing clean, cheap energy for homes and businesses; investing in our supply chain and opening access to opportunities across the globe; and creating new jobs and skills that leave a lasting legacy in communities across the country. This success is something we are very keen to replicate in Scotland.

“The ScotWind leasing round is a crucial step in the Scottish Government’s plan to deliver up to 11 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and will be pivotal to a truly green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

BlueFloat Energy chief executive Carlos Martin said: “Announcing our partnership with Ørsted strengthens BlueFloat Energy’s position in the floating wind market since it endorses our value proposition as a technology-neutral expert with a decade of unique experience and knowledge in developing floating wind projects. Floating wind is an emerging industry and we are excited to announce our partnership with Ørsted. It reinforces our capabilities and creates a winning consortium for a very competitive ScotWind leasing round.”

Falck Renewables UK managing director Richard Dibley said: “Falck Renewables are committed to taking an active role in the development of floating offshore wind projects, as we are convinced the technology will play a crucial role in helping to reach Scotland’s net zero goals.

“Ørsted’s hands-on approach to working with local communities is a great fit with our more than 15 years of experience working in Scotland to develop projects which share their economic benefit as widely as possible with local people and we are excited about the opportunities this partnership will offer Scottish communities and the supply chain.”

Unlike more traditional bottom-fixed offshore wind technology, where the turbine is mounted on top of a structure fixed to the seabed, 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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