Crown Estate Scotland announced the outcome of the new ScotWind round on the 17th of January which has exceeded all expectations on the original estimated capacity of 10GW by a considerable amount. The capacity of these 17 new sites amounts to just under 25GW with 60% of this capacity being for floating offshore wind projects. This huge additional capacity to the Scottish market is a major game changer for the industry in Scotland and now puts us at the forefront of the emerging floating wind market.
Floating Offshore Wind
Scotland is already home to the two largest floating wind farms in the world. First we had Equinor's Hywind Scotland project as the largest floating wind farm in the world and now, with the completion of ACS Group's Kincardine project it, in turn, has claimed the title of being the largest floating with farm in the world. This pioneering of floating wind is set to continue with the 100MW Pentland project off Dounreay.
The ScotWind leasing round has 11 floating wind projects (the green projects in the table below) with 15GW of capacity. The Shell and Scottish Renewables consortium have the single largest project at 3GW. A full list of all the ScotWind projects are in Table 1 below. Further floating wind project announcements are expected in 2022 with the commencement of the INTOG round leasing results (see INTOG heading below).
Operational and Current Pipeline Projects
This table below (Table 2) shows a list of the all the projects in the Scottish offshore wind project pipeline, along with their current status, and the developers involved in delivering these projects. A number of the projects are early stage scoping projects for the INTOG oil and gas electrification leasing round (see below) and the list also includes a total capacity figure for the ScotWind 1 round.
Besides all of the projects in the table above the map below also shows the 17 sites in the ScotWind leasing round as in Table 1 above showing both the new fixed and floating sites. Some of the ScotWind developers have also named their sites and these are also shown on the map. Also shown on the map is the NE1 site east of Shetland which is now the subject of a further Clearing Round as part of the ScotWind process and successful bidders on this site will be announced towards the end of Summer 2022. This will add further floating wind capacity to the ScotWind round of up to an additional 2GW.
Marine Scotland have launched a consultation looking at a some new proposed Areas of Search for an Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) offshore wind leasing round for innovation projects up to 100MW and oil and gas electrification projects for decarbonisation of these facilities in the Scottish North Sea and West of Shetland. The INTOG round will be limited to 5.7GW in total as this is the estimate provided by the Oil and Gas Authority as to the scale of the electrification demand from the oil and gas industry. The Innovation element of the round is expected to be 500MW in total giving a total capacity of 6.2GW for both parts of the INTOG round. Applications to Crown Estate will start late this year or early next and Option Agreements could be as early as Summer 2023 after the Final Plan is published.
The document for the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation (INTOG) link is below.
The consultation web page can be accessed here - https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/smp-innovation-and-targeted-oil-and-gas/ The consultation has now closed.
A map showing the INTOG Areas of Search is shown below.
This new INTOG round will allow some of the already proposed Energy Transition projects to have leases in place by Summer/Winter 2023 and could add a further 6.2GW to the Scottish market total which now stands at over 40GW, all of which is capable of being delivered by 2035.