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NEW STRATEGIC HUB FOR MAJOR FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND FARM PROJECT

Energy Minister gives backing to new Glasgow base for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project

The Scotwind-winning joint venture partners behind the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project have marked the opening of a new strategic hub dedicated to managing the major floating offshore wind project.

The new office, situated on Glasgow’s Bath Street, will serve as the base for all Muir Mhòr’s development, consenting, early engineering and management, and represents the commitment of the joint venture partners to accelerate the project and deliver one of the world’s first commercially viable floating offshore wind farms.

Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work, Gillian Martin MSP, welcomed the development as a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s growing offshore wind sector.

Scottish Government Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work Minister Gillian Martin MSP said:

“The opening of this office is an important milestone in the highly ambitious development of one of the world’s first commercially viable floating offshore wind farms.

“The growing offshore wind industry has a vital role to play in turning Scotland into a renewables powerhouse. Floating offshore wind technology can drive forward our just transition – helping deliver a growing, greener, fairer economy.

“The Scottish Government is investing up to £500 million over the next five years to anchor our offshore wind supply chain here in Scotland. We want to use that investment so ScotWind projects such as Muir Mhòr, can maximise – and even increase – the ambitions set out in their Supply Chain Development Statements.

“Scotwind has the potential to create thousands of high-quality, green jobs to transform the economy over decades to come and provide the energy transition required to achieve net zero by 2045.”

Present for the ribbon cutting at the official office opening (26 th March 2024) was Chair of Crown Estate Scotland, Euan McVicar. He added: 

“This is a significant day for the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project team, not only marking its commitment to delivering on this ambitious project but also its commitment to embracing innovative new technologies to support Scotland’s targets to reach net zero. It was a pleasure to support this opening of the new strategic hub which, along with other initiatives and investments, is evidence of the growing momentum within Scotland’s offshore wind supply chain.”

Having been awarded seabed rights in the 2022 Scotwind auction, the joint venture partners behind Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall, are working to an accelerated project timescale with the ambition of generating in 2030 – putting the UK on track to meet its target of 5GW of floating wind by 2030.

The project, located approximately 63km off the coast of Peterhead on the North East coast of Scotland, will utilise the site’s deep water conditions which are well-suited to floating turbine technology, in addition to local ports and the strong marine supply chain on the east coast of Scotland. Once operational the wind farm will be able to generate up to 1 Gigawatt of power, enough to provide electricity for over one million UK homes annually.

Having consulted on an early proposal with North East communities in November 2023, feedback on an updated proposal is currently being sought at a series of public engagement events, which are also taking place this week in Peterhead and Longside.

David Hinshelwood, Project Director for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm said:

“We are delighted to be opening our new Glasgow office as a central base for our Scottish team, providing a dedicated space for core project operations, team collaboration and engagement with stakeholders in the Scottish Government, Crown Estate Scotland and wider agencies.

“This milestone underscores our commitment to delivering the highly innovative Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project in a manner which benefits Scotland’s growing offshore wind sector and journey to net zero, as well as the communities we serve. We look forward to continuing our work with all stakeholders – from the Scottish Government to communities in North East Scotland – as we work towards a greener, more sustainable future.”

Bringing together decades of industry experience, Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall have an established track record in Scotland and a vast combined portfolio of successful onshore and offshore projects. The Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project team brings together this Scottish expertise from Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall’s existing sites in Stirling and Edinburgh.

Lars Bender, CEO from Fred. Olsen Seawind said:

“We welcome the support and commitment demonstrated by the Scottish Government and the opportunity to work together to overcome industry challenges enabling effective and efficient delivery of our floating offshore wind farm.”

“Over many decades, Fred. Olsen-related companies have supported the growing renewable and clean energy sector in Scotland. Officially opening the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm office is a further demonstration of our long-term dedication to this goal and commitment to the local area.”

Lisa Christie, UK Country Manager at Vattenfall, said:

“ScotWind represents a major investment in Scotland’s green energy future and together with Fred. Olsen Seawind, Vattenfall is committed to leveraging its considerable experience to deliver Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm as one of the world’s first commercially-viable floating wind projects. Working together, we can make a significant contribution towards Scotland’s net zero future and secure more of the UK’s power from cutting-edge renewable sources.”