A Sea of Opportunity

Scotland has begun the next phase of it's offshore wind market with some projects of scale with the 588MW Beatrice project finished in 2019 and with the 950MW Moray East project currently under construction.

A full list of all the Scottish projects plus their current status is available here in this section  

Project Listing and Map with ScotWind lease sites

This table below 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. Equinor's Hywind Scotland project is the largest floating wind farm in the world and with Grupo Cobra's Kincardine project now under construction Scotland will become home to the two largest offshore wind projects in the world.   

List of offshore wind farms in Scotland by status

Besides all of the projects in the table above the map below also shows the 17 sites currently being assessed by Scottish Government agency, Marine Scotland, under their draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind (SMP). This will be finalised in the next few months and become the Adopted SMP.

Map of all offshore wind projects in Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland started the process for the new ScotWind round on the 10th of June for developers to register their interest. This registration window closed on the 5th of August 2020. Next will be applications for Option Agreements on seabed leases for interested developers to bid on later this year based on sites in the final adopted version of the SMP. This will form the bases of the next leasing round in Scotland. More information on the ScotWind leasing round can be found in Crown Estate Scotland's Launch Summary document.

The aim of this leasing round is to deliver another 8-10GW of offshore wind which will see the Scottish capacity target increase to 17-19GW, the bulk of which should be delivered by 2030. Many of the 17 sites have water depths in excess of 60m and therefore lend themselves to floating offshore wind projects. This first ScotWind round will therefore lead to the development of some of the first commercial scale floating wind projects in the world.