The Salamander joint venture (JV) said on Monday that it has been offered an exclusivity agreement for its 100-MW offshore floating wind projects as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round.
The partnership comprising Irish floating wind developer Simply Blue Group, Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and offshore contractor Subsea 7 SA (STO:SUBCO) won the lease for the Salamander project located 35 km (21.7 miles) off the city of Peterhead on the east coast of Scotland.
Being a project selected in the Innovation category, Salamander will be designed to demonstrate a package of innovative floating wind technologies at commercial scale.
“Salamander is a stepping-stone project designed to stimulate and support innovative, renewable supply chains in Scotland, maximising opportunities to support renewables around the world. With floating wind on the cusp of industrialisation, Salamander will play a crucial role in bringing down costs and accelerating the technology’s full-scale commercial deployment,” commented Gabriel Davies, Head of Floating Wind at Ørsted.
At present, Salamander is undergoing an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The project has submitted its EIA Scoping Report to Marine Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. These institutions have passed the report to statutory and non-statutory consultees for their review and responses to the proposed project and scope of the EIA, the Salamander JV said.
Additionally, the proposed project has a grid connection agreement with the National Grid.
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