Marine Scotland has awarded a contract to ABPmer to prepare the necessary scoping documents to support the development of floating wind (or other possible deep water technologies) in Scottish waters. The Scottish Government has set a range of challenging targets for renewable energy which include the potential for offshore energy generation (wind, wave and tidal power) in Scottish waters.
To assist in meeting these targets, it is developing Sectoral Marine Plans for Offshore Renewable Energy. Scottish Ministers now wish to review the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy and undertake a strategic marine planning process to ensure an enabling spatial strategy is in place for the successful development of this sector to include deep water technologies. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March and will be published on the Scottish Government’s website in due course.