06/01/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/01/2023 04:15
Salamander is a joint venture between Ørsted, Simply Blue Group, and Subsea7 and the team is inviting the local community to share their thoughts on the project, which will support the local supply chain and create jobs.
Salamander, to be developed 35 kilometres off the coast of Peterhead, will generate enough green energy to power 100,000 Scottish homes. The joint venture aims to begin construction in 2026.
The project is a stepping-stone to the large-scale floating offshore wind projects coming to Scotland in the near future. It has been designed to give Scottish companies the opportunity to roll out new technologies at a smaller-scale, as they prepare to expand their operations. This means local companies will be best placed to compete for contracts and create sustainable, long-term jobs.
Salamander will also help deliver the Scottish Government's target of 11GW of offshore wind by 2030 and the UK government's target of 5GW of operational floating offshore wind by the same date.
Huw Bell, project director for Salamander said: "Salamander presents an exciting opportunity for the Scottish energy sector and will serve a crucial role in the progression towards our decarbonisation goals.
"We're holding these consultation events so that local residents can learn more about this innovative development taking place on their doorsteps and be proud to be part of it. We also want to hear any ideas or concerns from the community so that we can take these into account at an early stage."
The in-person consultation events will take place from 2pm - 8pm on Wednesday, 7 June at Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead, and from 10am to 2pm on Thursday, 8 June at Crimond Public Hall. Each event will give people the opportunity to speak with the project team to find out more.
The consultation will also be open virtually via the Salamander website between Monday, 5 June and Friday, 23 June.
The virtual and in-person public exhibitions will give the public an opportunity to complete a feedback form where comments and questions on the proposal, as well as any requests for further information, can be submitted directly to the project team.
Further information concerning the proposed floating offshore wind farm can be found at: www.salamanderfloatingwind.com
For more information, please contact:
UK Media Relations Manager
+44 (0) 7443 154180
Notes to editors
About Salamander Floating Offshore Wind
The 100MW Salamander floating wind project, a joint venture between Simply Blue Group, Ørsted and Subsea7, will be a major contributor to ensuring the UK government's target of delivering 5GW of operational floating offshore wind by 2030 is both achievable and to the maximum benefit of public and private stakeholders.
The pioneering project, located 35km off Peterhead in the East Coast of Scotland, is designed to provide the Scottish supply chain with an early capacity development opportunity, enabling it to play a much greater role in subsequent large-scale floating offshore wind buildout.
The project will deploy innovative and cutting-edge floating offshore wind technologies to support the cost reduction and learning journey needed for the commercial deployment of floating offshore wind.