The partnership has submitted multiple proposals for the wind farms as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing, which closed for submissions today.
Floating offshore wind farms are suitable for use in deeper water zones, where fixed foundations aren’t feasible, making them ideal for Scottish waters, ScottishPower said.
The technology will become an increasingly important part of the energy mix in the UK as more offshore wind power is brought on to the grid to meet net zero targets, ScottishPower predicted.
“Scotland is the windiest country in Europe and has the biggest and most experienced offshore sector,” declared ScottishPower’s chief executive officer, Keith Anderson.
“Bringing ScottishPower and Shell’s collective knowledge, experience and expertise together means we’re perfectly placed to lead the way in developing large-scale offshore floating wind farms and creating a new green industry with massive potential for exporting our skills and experience globally and helping the UK decarbonise its energy generation.
“With just a few months until the COP26 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, ScotWind will help create a whole new industry in floating wind that will play a crucial role in putting the country on course for a cleaner and greener future,” Anderson said.
David Brunch, the chair of Shell UK, said if the joint bid is successful, Shell and Scottish Power would be “fully committed to working with Scottish communities and businesses to help develop supply chains and expertise which could make Scotland a world leader in floating wind”.
ScotWind Leasing is the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters in over a decade and will grant property rights for new large-scale offshore wind project development, including floating wind for the first time.
Crown Estate Scotland is expected to announce the results of the bids in the early part of next year.