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This blog was written by one of our Strategic Partners for the Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2022, Stromar.

Floating offshore wind – Scotland’s opportunity to take the global lead

ScotWind, the Crown Estate Scotland’s latest offshore wind leasing round that took place earlier this year, sparked huge interest – unsurprising given Scotland’s impressive natural resources, which include some of the best offshore wind potential in the world, and the pressing need for energy security.

The Stromar consortium is being developed jointly by three partners who aim to build a world leading floating offshore wind industry in Scotland.  Key to this is including the maximum amount of Scottish content possible and our proposed design has been developed with a local Scottish workforce in mind.

The technology behind floating foundations builds on a long track-record in the oil and gas sector The expertise of our team, combining Ørsted’s decades of experience delivering offshore wind around the world with some of the pioneers of floating technology in BlueFloat Energy, will be key to scaling up the industry, bringing costs down and developing skills and knowledge in a workforce that will make Scotland a global leader.

As with all new technologies, a skilled and motivated workforce is vital.  Scotland has an excellent track record of developing and scaling up an industry as it did so successfully with oil and gas in the 1970s.  We’re working with organisations across Scotland to ensure we have a fully trained workforce ready for construction to begin.  We also want to ensure the benefits of floating offshore wind are enjoyed by residents of Scotland and Scottish communities.  We’re working with community ownership experts Energy4All to explore options, building on the tradition of Falck Renewables’ long-standing approach of sharing the value from its onshore wind farms with the communities where it operates.