A trio of European energy businesses have announced a new partnership with the aim of developing offshore wind projects around the Scottish coastline.
Global renewable energy company BayWa r.e. already employs 75 people in Scotland and manages 890 MW of onshore wind projects across the UK.
The firm has now signed an exclusive agreement to team up with the existing consortium of Belgian renewable energy company Elicio and French floating wind technology developer Ideol.
The group plans to launch a joint bid for the major ScotWind leasing round which was launched by Crown Estate Scotland last month.
The new 10GW round, which is the first in Scottish Watters for a decade, is expected to attract billions of pounds of investment over the coming decade or so.
Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, said: “We are involved with projects all over the world, but we are really excited about the potential for floating offshore wind around Scotland.
“There are few countries in the world with a comparable resource or such a strong offshore energy supply chain, and we also believe we can make an important contribution to the ongoing energy transition in the North Sea.”
“We have demonstrated both in France and Japan that our highly competitive technology delivers the highest possible local content of any floating wind technology and fully intend to duplicate this model in Scotland.”
Alain Janssens, CEO of Elicio, added: “The combined and very complementary know-how of our three major companies will undoubtedly contribute to a competitive and risk-managed delivery of projects with a uniquely high local footprint.”
Matthias Taft, CEO of BayWa r.e., said: “We are delighted to join forces with Elicio and Ideol, and are committed to driving forward innovation and being part of the next chapter in the development of the Scottish offshore wind sector.
“We have a strong presence in Scotland after a decade in the onshore wind market and believe that now is the time to build on that foundation by growing into the offshore market, bringing further jobs, investment and supply chain opportunities in the process.”