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Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind Announce £235 Million Supply Chain Investment Package for Scotland

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A £235 million early investment package to support the renewable energy supply chain in Scotland has been announced by Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind as part of their proposal to transform the country into a green industrial powerhouse.

The financial package is included in the joint Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind ScotWind bids which would build supply chain capability many years ahead of the introduction of new floating offshore wind fields in Scotland’s deep waters.

By creating ‘first mover advantage’, Aker Offshore Wind believes Scotland can become one of the first countries in the world to introduce floating wind at an industrial scale. The early investment package of £235 million for every successful bid would help deliver the ‘just transition’ from fossil fuel industries by generating thousands of new jobs and economic opportunities, as well as enabling Scotland to drive down the costs of clean energy through industrialization of new technology.

Floating offshore wind is the latest advent in renewable energy, involving giant turbines much further away from land than at present. Around 80 per cent of the world’s wind resources are in waters deeper than 60 metres and are unsuitable for traditional fixed foundations, with floating turbines opening up major new energy resources.

As part of a consortium, Aker Offshore Wind has submitted proposals for up to three sites in the Outer Moray Firth with the possibility of generating a combined 6GW of wind energy in total as part of the ScotWind leasing programme, with …

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