ESB submits two 1GW floaters into ScotWind round

Two sites chosen off Scottish coast to complement its Irish developments [Image: ESB ]

Irish utility ESB has submitted applications in the ScotWind seabed allocation process for two floating projects, each up to 1GW in scale.

ScotWind is the process by which Crown Estate Scotland intends to award seabed access to prospective developers to facilitate the delivery of up to 10GW of both fixed and floating offshore wind in Scottish waters.

Officially launched in June 2020, the application window for prospective developers closed on 16 July and Crown Estate Scotland hopes to announce the successful applicants early in 2022.
ESB Generation Trading head of asset development Paul Smith said: “An important element of ESB’s Brighter Future Strategy is to significantly grow our renewables generation portfolio and the ScotWind process provides an ideal opportunity to build on our existing substantial investment in both Onshore and Offshore Wind projects in Scotland to contribute towards the 2050 Net Zero ambition.

“The team has chosen two sites that are suitable for floating technology, which will also complement our planned developments for the south and west coasts of Ireland.”

ESB has established a significant business presence in Scotland over recent years, and has built an onshore wind development portfolio in excess of 1GW.

It is currently constructing the 448MW Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind project in partnership with EDF Renewables, and is a joint owner with Red Rock Power of the fully consented 1080MW Inch Cape Offshore Wind project.

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