Consultancy firm ERM Group has secured work on the Salamander Floating offshore wind farm, a joint venture between Simply Blue Group, Orsted and Subsea7.
The London-headquartered company, though its MarineSpace subsidiary, will lead the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the North Sea project.
As part of the work, engineering consultants NIRAS has been contracted by Salamander to lead the Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA).
Brown & May Marine will provide commercial fisheries support.
Earmarked for about 20 miles off Peterhead, Salamander will have an installed capacity of 100 megawatts (MW).
It is designed to provide the Scottish supply chain with an early capacity development opportunity, readying it for the bow wave of work that will come from the ScotWind projects.
Huw Bell, Salamander project director, said: “This is another milestone in the development of the project. We are working with very experienced companies that are supporting us with our ambitions in creating a project that play a significant role in how the industry delivers floating wind going forward.”
Salamander will deploy leading offshore technologies in a bid to support the cost reduction of floating wind, and recently awarded the pre-FEED foundation design to Ocergy for its OCG-Wind foundation technology.
The project is currently progressing through the innovation track of Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round, which closed to applicants last month.
IINTOG will open up more seabed to offshore wind companies, which will be split into two pots – one for smaller scale innovation projects of less than 100 MW and one for larger projects linked to oil and gas infrastructure.
Huw Powell, partner at ERM said: “ERM is proud to be supporting this exciting project which will transform Scotland’s capability at a key time for floating offshore wind. We’re also delighted that Salamander recognised our consenting expertise, and to be working in partnership with such a highly experienced client team.”
Tim Norman, UK country director at NIRAS, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the project, utilising our in-house expertise across all key HRA topics and look forward to delivering as part of such a talented team.”