Shell and ScottishPower to develop 5 GW of floating wind power in UK


Shell and ScottishPower have won the seabed rights to develop large-scale floating wind farms in two sites representing a total of 5 gigawatts (GW) as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind leasing.

The new wind farms, located off the east and north-east coast of Scotland, will be delivered through two joint ventures called MarramWind and CampionWind. Once built, the floating wind projects could accommodate a total generation capacity of around 3 GW and 2 GW, respectively, bringing clean energy to power the equivalent of 6 million homes in Scotland. This is more than double the number of homes in Scotland today.

Wael Sawan, Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions Director at Shell, said: “Shell and ScottishPower can now look forward to generating floating wind power at significant scale in the UK to accelerate the country’s transition towards net zero. 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, CEO of ScottishPower, said: “Offshore wind is set to become the backbone of the UK’s energy mix and will do the heavy lifting as we ramp up the production of clean electricity on the journey to Net Zero. Our ScotWind projects will make the best use of our fantastic natural resources to help power the UK’s transition from fossil fuels to renewables and a better future, quicker.

“They will also deliver investment, support jobs and boost supply chains – particularly in areas like the north-east that play a key role in the energy sector – opening up immense opportunities for businesses and institutions across the country. 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.”

The joint ventures have already started initial development planning and will continue to work at pace towards final investment decisions. MarramWind and CampionWind have launched new online platforms for businesses interested in working on its ScotWind projects.

Experience in floating wind

Shell and ScottishPower, part of the Iberdrola Group, have 70 years’ combined experience offshore in Scotland, with over 50 years’ experience offshore in the North Sea. In addition, the partners have over 15 years of combined experience in floating offshore wind. Shell is already developing floating wind projects in Ireland, France, Norway and South Korea

The combined ScottishPower and Shell portfolio includes more than 2 GW of operational offshore wind, more than 11 GW of offshore wind in development and additionally more than 700 MW of floating wind in various stages of development. Source: Shell

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