Ørsted, Falck, BlueFloat tie up for ScotWind offshore leasing round

Hornsea One offshore wind park. Image by: Ørsted A/S.

July 8 (Renewables Now) - Danish energy major Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has joined hands with Italy’s Falck Renewables SpA (BIT:FKR) and Madrid-based BlueFloat Energy to bid in Scotland’s next offshore wind leasing round.

The companies said on Thursday they intend to apply for seabed leases in Scottish waters in Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind offshore leasing round. They will pursue the deployment of large-scale floating wind capacity.

The trio will bet on Ørsted’s experience in the offshore wind sector, while BlueFloat will offer know-how in the development and execution of floating wind projects. Falck Renewables, meanwhile, has a track record in project development and community engagement in Scotland.

“Allying our strong in-house Development, EPC and O&M capabilities with partners that have unique hands-on experience in floating wind projects [..],” said Martin Neubert, Ørsted’s chief commercial officer.

In the leasing round, Crown Estate Scotland, the country’s seabed landlord, will offer a seabed area of 8,600 sq km (3,320 sq miles) that is potentially available for development. The deadline for bids is July 16.

Recently, Swedish utility Vattenfall AB and Fred. Olsen Renewables also announced they will take part in the ScotWind leasing tender. France’s TotalEnergies SE and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) will also be among the competitors through their Offshore Wind Power Ltd consortium.

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