GIG, TotalEnergies, RIDG bid for 2-GW West of Orkney project in ScotWind

Scrabster Harbour. Image by RIDG (

September 29 (Renewables Now) - A consortium of Macquarie Group Ltd’s (ASX:MQG) Green Investment Group (GIG), TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) and Scotland’s RIDG (Renewable Infrastructure Development Group) has bid for a 2-GW offshore wind project as part of the ScotWind leasing round.

The trio previously announced they would participate in the Scottish leasing round and on Wednesday provided details about their bid, which is currently being assessed by the Crown Estate Scotland.

The project, called West of Orkney Windfarm, is located in an area west of the Orkney Islands.

“RIDG first put the West of Orkney Windfarm on the map back in 2016; since then, we’ve been working closely with local stakeholders to ensure any project we bring forward delivers for the local economy,” said RIDG director Mike Hay.

Memorandums of understanding have been signed with Orkney Harbour Authority and Scrabster Harbour Trust. There is also an exclusive memorandum of understanding with the European Marine Energy Centre on Orkney (EMEC).

The partners have carried out site investigations, including birds, marine mammals and near-shore geophysical surveys. A grid connection agreement with National Grid will allow the project to start generating power in 2029.

The ScotWind round closed to applications in July, attracting 74 proposals.

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