Wind energy – floating wind
The Salamander project developed by Simply Blue Energy in partnership with Subsea 7 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Energy Group (GEG) to collaborate in the design, development and execution planning of the Salamander floating wind project.
The Salamander project previously announced a Joint Venture with Subsea 7 to develop the Salamander floating offshore wind project off the North East coast of Scotland as well as a collaboration agreement with Ocergy to evaluate their floating foundation concept.
The aim of the project is to provide a ‘stepping-stone’ to bridge the gap between current demonstrator projects and the future commercial projects leased in the ScotWind process. The project is intended to provide a firm pipeline for the Scottish supply chain and to demonstrate the ability to achieve a significant amount of local content (in line with or beyond the Offshore Wind Sector deal ambitions), paving the way for securing additional local content within the later ScotWind commercial scale developments. The pre-selection of Ocergy as the project’s foundation concept was underpinned by its ability to maximise Scottish local content.
The collaboration agreement signed with GEG is the culmination of a broad engagement with the Scottish supply chain undertaken by the Salamander project in the last 6 months, including a seminar with the DeepWind cluster members.
Salamander and GEG intend to work side-by-side to ensure that the project is developed in a way to maximise the floating platform content that can be placed within the Scottish supply chain. This fits perfectly with the project’s ambition to provide a ‘stepping stone’ effect to support local supply chain for future commercial projects as well as the Scottish Government’s ambitions for floating wind and the Scottish supply chain explained in the Offshore Wind Policy Statement.