By Joe Hoppe
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday that it has, along with partner and Iberdrola SA subsidiary Scottish Power, won bids to develop 5 gigawatts of floating offshore wind farms off the east and north-east coast of Scotland.
The energy major said it secured the leases through the ScotWind auction by the Crown Estate Scotland, and that it will use innovative technology to install turbines further from the shore to catch more powerful winds.
The new wind farms will be delivered through two new joint ventures, called MarramWind and CampionWind, and will be two of the world's first large-scale floating offshore wind farms. Once built, MarramWind's and CampionWind's floating wind projects could accommodate a total generation capacity of around 3 gigawatts and 2 gigawatts, respectively--the equivalent of 6 million homes in Scotland.
"Shell and ScottishPower can now look forward to generating floating wind power at significant scale in the U.K. to accelerate the country's transition towards net zero. Floating wind plays to our strengths in deeper offshore projects, and we are well placed to help advance the wider take-up of this important clean energy source," said Wael Sawan, Shell's Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions Director.
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