ERM to Lead EIA for Salamander Floating Project Offshore Scotland

A joint venture (JV) between Simply Blue Group, Ørsted, and Subsea7 has selected ERM Group company MarineSpace to lead the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for its Salamander floating offshore wind project in Scotland.


As part of the work, engineering consultants NIRAS has been contracted by Salamander to lead the Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) and Brown & May Marine will provide commercial fisheries support.

“This is another milestone in the development of the project. We are working with very experienced companies that are supporting us with our ambitions in creating a project that play a significant role in how the industry delivers floating wind going forward”, said Huw Bell, Salamander project director.

Located 35 kilometres off Peterhead, the Salamander floating offshore wind project 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, JV said.

Ocergy was recently awarded the pre-FEED foundation design contract for its OCG-Wind foundation technology.

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The floating wind project, for which geophysical and environmental survey works were completed in October, is intended to be progressed through the innovation track of Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round.

The 100 MW Salamander was first announced last year by Simply Blue Energy and Subsea 7. Earlier this year, Ørsted joined the joint venture and acquired a majority stake in the project.


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