Lamprell Selected for Giant Floating Wind Project in Scotland

NOV and Lamprell have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the Dubai-based manufacturer will provide the fabrication, assembly and outfitting for NOV’s tri-floaters that are planned to be installed at Cerulean Winds’ floating wind project, proposed to power green hydrogen production and electrification of oil and gas assets in Scotland.

Cerulean Winds unveiled the project in June 2021, proposing to install 200+ floating wind turbines at three 1 GW sites West of Shetland in the Central North Sea, which would be providing 3 GW/h to feed power to the offshore oil and gas assets, and excess 1.5 GW/h to power onshore green hydrogen plants.

The same month, the developer named NOV as the first of its major delivery partners for fabrication and as the exclusive provider of floating and mooring systems.

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Now, NOV and Lamprell said they would work closely to support and develop UK local content goals and would engage together in discussions with UK supply chain and UK yard(s) interested in participating in the projects.

The GBP 10 billion (approx. EUR 11.62 billion) development does not require subsidies or Contracts for Difference, according to Cerulean Winds, which plans to participate in the Scottish Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) offshore wind seabed leasing round and to have the project commissioned in 2026, if approved.

At the beginning of this year, the project was one of the eleven floating wind developments that were awarded a total of GBP 31.6 million (approximately EUR 37.7 million) in grant funding by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstration Programme.

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Photo: Illustration; Source: Cerulean Winds