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Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup

Specialist subgroup of DeepWind dedicated to developing a complete supply chain for floating offshore wind. Fifty years of dealing with floating systems in oil and gas in the North Sea has given Scotland a very competitive edge in this sub-sector .


Group aims

Many of DeepWind's members have come from the oil and gas sector and have extensive experience of building, deploying and servicing floating structures in one of the harshest offshore environments in the world, the North Sea.

Married to this is the knowledge gained from 15 years of offshore wind development in the UK, and globally, including our members who have pioneered the development of floating wind. This expertise is now being captured and concentrated in our Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup.

The aim of creating this subgroup is to bring together the supply chain elements that make up the major components of floating wind. Our members cover all aspects of floating wind including substructures, mooring systems, anchoring, installation, electrical systems (connectors and dynamic cables), subsea surveys and inspections.

Complementary to this unique blend of skills and expertise is our infrastructure members, representing over 25 ports and harbours in Scotland, who are looking to develop the necessary manufacturing, assembly and maintenance facilities required for this emerging sector.

Global Leader

The DeepWind FOW Subgroup contains many of the leading floating wind developers as well as European, US and Japanese substructure design and supply companies who together are responsible for many of the current and future floating wind projects either operational or planned. Many of the companies have been attracted to DeepWind by the potential for Scotland to become a global hub of floating offshore wind development.

Our FOW Subgroup brings together all the actors necessary to develop a complete floating wind supply chain and includes a blend of developers, industry, training and research players capable of forging a strong sub-cluster within DeepWind.

Scotland currently leads the global development of floating offshore wind with the worlds two largest, grid connected floating wind projects, Equinor's Hywind Scotland wind farm and ACS Group's 50MW Kincardine Offshore Wind project, which currently holds the title of the largest. 

Not resting on its laurels, Scotland is soon to deliver a third floating project, the 100MW Pentland project being developed by Copenhagen Offshore Partners near Dounreay on the coast of Caithness in the Scottish Highlands.

Floating wind at scale

Also, in a move that made headlines across Europe and beyond, Crown Estate Scotland, the Scottish Government body responsible for offshore wind leasing has given out leases set to develop 13 commercial scale floating wind projects in the ScotWind round with over 19.2GW of floating wind capacity.

These new sites range in size from 500MW to the largest at 3,000MW and a full list of the projects and the associated developers is available in our section on the Scottish Offshore Wind Market. The sheer scale of this new round will create huge opportunities for our Subgroup members as we build a floating wind supply chain dedicated to serial production of the components required to deliver these projects and will cement Scotland's place as the global leader of the floating offshore wind sector.

It is therefore fitting that our first subgroup in DeepWind was dedicated to floating offshore wind.

A list of our FOW Subgroup member companies is laid out below with our current subgroup Industry Co-chairs, BW Ideol and Apollo Engineering identified (CC). With 395 members it is one of the largest floating wind supply chain clusters in the world and is the largest of DeepWind's specialist Subgroups.

Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup

1 2-B Energy BV 199 Kuiper Group UK Ltd
2 2H Offshore Engineering Ltd 200 Larsen and Toubro Ltd 
3 4C Engineering  201 Legasea
4 Aberdeen City Council 202 Lerwick Port Authority
5 Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group 203 Liberty Steel Dalzell
6 Aberdeen Training Centre 204 Liftmax Europe Ltd
7 ABL Aberdeen Limited 205 Linxon UK Ltd
8 ABS Europe 206 Lloyd's Register EMEA 
9 Absoft 207 Lloyd's Register EMEA 
10 Acteon Group 208 Load Monitoring Systems Ltd
11 AECOM Limited 209 London Marine Consultants
12 Airspection 210 LV Logistics
13 AJ Engineering & Construction Services 211 MacArtney UK
14 AJT Engineering Limited  212 Maersk Supply Service
15 Aker Offshore Wind 213 Magnora Offshore Wind
16 Aker Solutions 214 Mainstream Renewables
17 Altrad Babcock 215 Manor Renewable Energy
18 Amber Electrical Services 216 Maritime Developments Limited 
19 Ampelmann Operations  217 Maritime Developments Ltd
20 AMS Global Group 218 Marlow Ropes
21 Anubis Security 219 MarramWind Ltd
22 Apollo  220 Marubeni Itochu Tubulars Europe Plc 
23 Aqua Innovations 221 MarynSol Ltd
24 Aquatera 222 McDermott
25 Aquaterra Energy 223 MDB Marine Ltd
26 AquaTerra Group 224 MELCAL Marine UK Ltd
27 Aratellus Offshore 225 Mingyang Smart Energy Group Limited 
28 Arc AeroSystems Ltd 226 Miros Scotland
29 ARC Marine 227 MISTRAS Group
30 Archaeological Management Solutions  228 Monitor Systems Scotland Ltd
31 Ardersier Port 229 Mooreast Europe BV
32 Armech Solutions 230 MoorEast UK
33 Asco  231 More Wind Resources
34 Ashtead Technology 232 Moreld Ocean Wind 
35 Aspect Land and Hydrographic Surveys 233 Motion Software
36 Associated British Ports 234 Motive Offshore Group Limited
37 Atkins Limited 235 Myriad Wind Energy Systems 
38 ATPI Marine and Energy 236 Natural Power
39 Aubin Limited 237 Nautilus Floating Solutions
40 Aurora Energy Services  238 NDT and Quality Services
41 Aventus Energy 239 NES Fircroft
42 AWC Technology Ltd 240 Nexans Norway AS
43 Axess North Sea Ltd 241 Nexus Surface Treatments
44 Axis Energy Projects Group Ltd 242 NHV Helicopter Ltd
45 Balfour Beatty 243 NorrScott Productions
46 Balmoral 244 North Star
47 Balmore Wind Services  245 Noste Energi
48 BAM Nuttall 246 NOV
49 Barclay & Mathieson Limited (SPS)  247 N-Sea UK Limited
50 Bauer Renewables Limited 248 nVent LENTON 
51 BayWa-r.e. 249 Ocean Information Services
52 Bilfinger Salamis UK 250 Ocean Phoenix International Limited
53 Birlinn Offshore  251 Ocean Science Consulting Limited
54 Black & Veatch 252 Ocean Winds
55 Blackfish Engineering 253 Oceaneering
56 BlueFloat Energy 254 OceanExpert Limited
57 Bluewater Energy Services 255 Odfjell Oceanwind
58 Bourbon Wind  256 Offshore Marine Contractors
59 bp Innovation and Engineering 257 Offshore Projects Alliance
60 Bridon Bekaert 258 Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
61 Briggs Marine 259 Optimus
62 Brimmond 260 ORCA Archaeology
63 Bruce Anchor 261 Orcades Marine Management Consultants
64 Buoyant Production Technologies 262 Orient Cable
65 Bureau Veritas UK Limited 263 Orion Engineering
66 BVG Associates 264 Orion Research
67 BW Ideol 265 Orkney Harbour Authority
68 C&P Recruitment 266 Osbit Limited
69 Cadpeople 267 OSI Renewables
70 Caiman Software Development Ltd 268 Paratus Commercial Services Limited 
71 Cairn Risk Consulting Ltd  269 Partrac
72 Caithness Renewables 270 PB Aerial Imaging Ltd
73 Calder Engineering 271 Peel Ports (Hunterston)
74 Caldive 272 Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd
75 Cameron Intellectual Property 273 Pier Solutions
76 Castletown Law 274 Ponticelli UK
77 Centurion UK Rentals and Services 275 Port of Aberdeen
78 Cierco Wind Energy 276 Port of Cromarty Firth
79 Clarksons Port Services 277 Portakabin (Scotland) Limited 
80 Clyde EPC Ltd  278 Principle Power
81 CNOOD-Wenchong Heavy Industries (CWHI)  279 Prior Power Solutions
82 COES Caledonia UK Limited 280 Prism Energy
83 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar  281 Proeon Systems Ltd
84 Copenhagen Offshore Partners 282 PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd
85 Core Marine 283 QHSE Aberdeen Limited
86 Cortez Subsea 284 Quanta EPC
87 Cortland Company 285 Quartzelec
88 COWI 286 Quaybridge
89 Csolutions 287 Quoceant
90 Dalcour Maclaren 288 R&B Switchgear Services 
91 Dangle Ltd 289 Reach Subsea
92 Delta Electronics 290 Reach Subsea UK
93 DH Renewables 291 RED Engineering 
94 Digitalnauts 292 Red Rock Power
95 DOF Subsea 293 Reed & Mackay
96 Dolfines SA 294 Reflex Marine
97 Donut International Ltd 295 Renantis
98 Eletelle Subsea Ltd 296 RenQuip
99 EMM Corp 297 Repsol Resources UK
100 EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG 298 Response Consultants
101 Enerfloat Ltd 299 RIDG
102 Encomara Ltd 300 Rix Renewables
103 Energy Insider 301 RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd
104 Energy Transition Zone 302 RMI
105 EnergyVue 303 RMJ Hicks Ltd
106 Engineering Construction Industry Training Board 304 ROAVR Group
107 Entier 305 Robertson Group
108 Environmental Resources Management Limited 306 Roemex
109 Eodex 307 Rovco
110 Eolink 308 Roving Eye Enterprises Ltd
111 Equinor 309 ROVOP
112 ESR UK (Group) Ltd 310 Royal Haskoning DHV
113 European Marine Energy Centre 311 RSK Environmental
114 Evami Consultancy Services  312 RUP Ltd
115 Facilitating Change 313 RWE Renewables
116 Fathom Group Ltd 314 Safelift Offshore Ltd
117 Fennex 315 Safetrade 247 Limited
118 Fern Communications 316 Saipem Ltd
119 Ffolkes Offshore 317 Saitec Offshore Technologies
120 Film Ocean 318 Sarens UK
121 First Marine Solutions 319 Savante Offshore Services Ltd
122 First People Solutions 320 SBM Offshore
123 First Subsea 321 Schottel Marine Technologies
124 Fisher German Priestner (FGP Ltd)  322 Scottish Enterprise
125 Floating Energy Systems 323 Scottish Power Renewables
126 Floating Power Plant 324 Scottish Renewables
127 Flotation Energy 325 Seabrokers Ltd
128 Francois Offshore Catering 326 Sealand Projects
129 Fraserburgh Harbour 327 Seaway 7
130 Frontera Enterprise Ltd 328 Seawind Ocean Technology
131 Frontier Technical Ltd 329 Semco Maritime
132 Fugro 330 SFF Services Limited
133 Fulkrum Technical Resources Ltd 331 Sheffield Forgemasters
134 GAC Group 332 Shell UK Limited
135 Gael Force Group Ltd 333 Shetland Island Council
136 Gareloch Support Services 334 sHYp BV Ltd
137 Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions 335 Simply Blue Energy (Scotland) Ltd
138 Gazelle Wind Power 336 Simply Blue Group
139 GB Tarpaulins 337 Sinclair Energy Partners
140 GCE 338 Singapore Enterprise
141 GDDM 339 Skyborn Renewables
142 Genesis Energies 340 Skyhook Helicopters
143 Geodis FF UK Ltd  341 Skylifter Ltd
144 Georg Fischer Piping Systems  342 Solab IT Services
145 GICON® Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH 343 Sonardyne International Limited
146 Global Port Services (Scotland) Ltd  344 Sonomatic
147 Global Quantum 345 SRI Services UK Ltd
148 Global Underwater Hub 346 STC Insiso
149 GMC Limited 347 Stork Technical Services
150 G-NRGY Ltd 348 Storr Access
151 Green Marine 349 Stuart Brown Consulting
152 Griffen-Woodhouse Limited 350 Subsea 7
153 GTL Search 351 Subsea Micropiles
154 Gulfxstream 352 Sulmara Subsea
155 Hagland Shipbrokers 353 Sumitomo Corporation 
156 Halliburton 354 Superior Recruitment Group
157 Harbour Energy 355 Swire Renewable Energy
158 Harper UK (Aberdeen) Ltd 356 Techlift UK Limited
159 Havfram Limited 357 TechnipFMC
160 Hawkes Health (UK) Ltd 358 Ternan Energy Limited
161 Head Resourcing Ltd 359 Texo Group Limited
162 Hebridean Sea Tours Ltd  360 Therma-Light Limited 
163 Heriot-Watt University 361 Thistle Wind Partners
164 HiDef Aerial Surveying Ltd 362 Toda Corporation
165 Houlder Ltd 363 Tom Morrow Tarpaulins
166 Howco Group plc 364 Torishima Service Solutions Europe Limited
167 Hubbell  365 Total Batching Solutions
168 Hugh K Gillies (Construction and Engineering Services) Ltd 366 TotalEnergies
169 Hydro Group 367 Trac Energy
170 Hydromea Services 368 Triton Anchor
171 IKM Testing 369 TSL Contractors
172 Imenco 370 TTI Renewables
173 Industrias Ferri SA 371 Tymor Marine
174 Inspire Environmental 372 Unique Group Ltd 
175 Instow Line Marine Services 373 Univergy International
176 Intelligent Research & Translation Services 374 University of Aberdeen
177 InterMoor Ltd 375 University of Strathclyde
178 International Medical Management 376 UTEC 
179 Interocean Marine Services 377 Voe Marine
180 Inverness Chamber of Commerce 378 Vryhof
181 IRC Integrity 379 V-TES
182 Irvine Springs 380 Vysus Group
183 ITC Hydraulics & Manufacturing 381 W3G Marine
184 ITP Energised 382 Wardell Armstrong
185 J+S Subsea 383 Waterfront (Stainless Steel) Ltd
186 Jackson Offshore Supply 384 Wave Venture
187 Jamieson Management (Scotland) Ltd  385 Weldex (International) Offshore Ltd
188 Jan De Nul UK 386 Wick Harbour Authority
189 JDR Cable Systems 387 Windcat Workboats (Scotland) Ltd
190 Jee Limited 388 Windeed AB
191 JGC Engineering & Technical Services 389 Windstorm Renewables
192 Jumbo Consulting Group UK 390 Wölfel Wind Systems
193 KBR 391 Wood
194 KD Marine 392 Wood Thilsled 
195 Kent 393 Woollard & Henry
196 Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd 394 X-Academy
197 Kishorn Port 395 Xi Engineering Consultants
198 Kito Crosby    


DeepWind's Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Subgroup assists the development of new systems, products and services by working closely with the UK's innovation champions including the Carbon Trust's Floating Wind Joint Industry Project and the ORE Catapult's Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence.

Many of DeepWind's developer members are already involved in both groups (13 members in the joint industry project and 14 in the Centre of Excellence). This offers a good opportunity to coordinate the UK's floating wind innovation landscape through the developer grouping.

International collaboration on floating wind 

At an international level, one of the first groups to form was the Friends of Floating Offshore Wind (FFOW) which had the commercialisation of floating wind technologies as one of their core objectives.

Further innovation and deployment is the key to reaching this goal and it dovetails neatly with DeepWind's own aims and goals. Eleven of the fifteen strong group of intentional companies that were members of FFOW are now in the DeepWind FOW Subgroup with the opportunity for international co-operation and co-ordination strong.

DeepWind has grown the international co-operation theme with links to other floating wind clusters such as the Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster (NOW)Bretagne Ocean Power in Brittany and Wind'Occ based in Montpelier in the Occitanie Region in France.

Our Memo of Understanding with the WAB cluster from Bremerhaven, Northern Germany also covers floating wind so, while they are not a dedicated floating wind cluster like the others above, they have members who have a vested interest in floating wind technologies and the wider FOW market and are therefore part of our international collaboration in floating wind.   


Our gallery of substructure members show steel and concrete designs that have already been deployed or are being developed. Use the arrows to move through the gallery on the left.

TLB Full Elevation
Bluewater TLP (2)
BW Ideol
Trussfloat Semi Sub System. Credit Dolfines SAS
Hywind Scotland Substructures
Hybrid Wind

Articulated Wind Column - AWC Technology

Axis Energy Projects Image: Tension Leg Platform (TLP) system. Credit Axis

Bluewater TLP system. Credit: Bluewater Energy Services

FloatGen, 1st French floating project. Credit BW Ideol

Trussfloat semi-sub system. Credit Dolfines SAS

Tension Leg Platform (TLP) design. Credit Ecosse IP

Eolink floating turbine system. Credit: Eolink

Hywind Scotland substructures. Credit: Equinor

Hybrid wind/wave design. Credit Floating Power Plant