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Windtech International March April 2024 issue






The ScotWind partnership involving SSE Renewables, Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), have confirmed that they have signed their Option Agreement with Crown Estate Scotland following success in the results of the competitive ScotWind leasing round securing rights to develop a floating offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland.

A significant amount of pre-award survey work was undertaken by the SSE Renewables-Marubeni-CIP team and now a major new geophysical survey commenced. A team from Ocean Infinity, being mobilised from Montrose, will embark on a 100-day mission to collect approximately 5,300 line kilometres of geophysical and bathymetric data along with benthic sampling. The team will conduct their work from the dedicated survey vessel, the Northern Maria. Other work underway includes the commencement of the second year of Baseline Ornithological and Marine Mammal Aerial Surveys, as well as co-ordination and mobilising wider regional eastern aerial surveys in co-operation with other East 1 and East 2 ScotWind developers. 
The SSE Renewables-Marubeni-CIP project is in the E1 Zone in the Firth of Forth off the Angus Coast. The site is suitable for the deployment of floating offshore wind turbines to deliver up to 2.6GW of new installed capacity and first generation is targeted before the end of the decade.
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