Although Scotland was the first country in the world to install floating wind farms back in 2017, its floating projects have remained modest in size, 25x smaller than the 1,300MW Hornsea Two wind farm, which will be the world’s largest traditional offshore wind farm when it comes online next year. Through the ScotWind leasing round, the Scottish Government is now offering a great opportunity to begin developing large-scale floating offshore wind projects. In response to this Ørsted has committed to developing floating wind projects in Scotland through the ScotWind leasing round submitting bids both for sites which include a mix of bottom-fixed and floating wind farms, as well as floating-wind only bids in partnership with Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy. These projects are being developed on an accelerated timeline in order to deliver green power for Scotland by the end of this decade, creating a pipeline of floating projects that would help position Scotland as a global hub for floating wind manufacturing and technology.
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