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Kincardine Wind Farm partnership announce 7GW ScotWind bid, Wood to assist

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A Boskalis vessel moving one of the Kicardine turbines into place

The pair behind Kincardine, the world’s largest floating wind farm off Aberdeen, have teamed up on a joint ScotWind bid, with energy services firm Wood drafted in to assist.

Spain’s Grupo Cobra and  Edinburgh-based Flotation Energy are behind Kincardine which was recently completed off the north-east coast.

The pair have announced a ScotWind bid for up to seven gigawatts across several sites in Crown Estate Scotland’s seabed leasing round.

It has been submitted through Offshore Wind Limited, the pair’s joint venture firm, with each project to be up to 1.5 GW in size.

An Offshore Wind Limited spokesperson said the projects would see “billions invested in the Scottish offshore wind supply chain, helping to create hundreds of new and highly skilled jobs”.

Aberdeen-headquartered Wood, in its consultancy guise, is partnering with the pair on the work, along with environmental and consenting consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV.

As well as Kincardine, Cobra and Flotation Energy have in the last 12 months won a bid for the 480 megawatt Morecambe project in the Crown Estate’s Round 4 auction in the Irish Sea, and won the 100MW White Cross floating project off Devon and Cornwall.

They have also submitted plans for two major offshore windfarms in Ireland and confirmed a JV deal for a floating project in Taiwan.

Lord Nicol Stephen, chief executive of Flotation Energy, said: “Building on the success of the Kincardine floating windfarm, our partnership is now in a unique position to deliver successful large-scale Scottish offshore wind projects. Scotland has some of the very best offshore wind opportunities in the world.

“Our experience gives us the opportunity to help shape the Scottish offshore wind industry for decades ahead and to make a major contribution to Scotland’s 2045 net zero target.”

The news comes amid a flurry of bids from numerous companies in recent weeks, including the “The Floating Energy Allyance” (sic), Aker Offshore Wind and a DEME Group consortium.

More than 70 bids were made for ScotWind Acreage and first awards are expected in January.

Cobra director José Antonio Fernández said: “Cobra have delivered the largest floating windfarm in the world right here in Scotland and together with our partners Flotation Energy, we have built on this success by securing rights to our Morecambe project in the recent UK Round 4 auction as well as securing the rights to our 100MW White Cross floating project off Devon and Cornwall.

“With our ScotWind projects we are determined to stay at the forefront of the offshore wind sector, delivering green jobs and green power in Scotland for the generations ahead.”

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