Ocean Winds, Aker Offshore Wind join forces for ScotWind Leasing

Ocean Winds Moray East Project in Scotland. Image by Ocean Winds.

July 8 (Renewables Now) - Ocean Winds, a joint venture of EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) and Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), and Norway’s Aker Offshore Wind AS have teamed up to bid in the ScotWind Leasing round and develop floating offshore wind projects in Scotland.

Announcing the partnership today, the companies said it combines Aker’s decades of offshore experience in the oil and gas industry along with expertise to scale new floating offshore technology with Ocean Winds’ history of renewable electricity development, including Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm, the 950-MW Moray East.

In addition, the parties have a combined majority ownership of floating turbine foundation developer Principle Power. The two are currently partnering in California and Korea.

Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind will submit a joint bid in Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing round by the deadline of July 16. ScotWind Leasing is the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind farms in Scottish waters for a decade.

Today it was also announced that Danish energy major Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has partnered with Italy’s Falck Renewables SpA (BIT:FKR) and Madrid-based BlueFloat Energy to bid in the Scottish leasing round.

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