(OW) All five innovation projects selected in Scotland’s INTOG (Innovation and Targeted Oil & Gas) leasing round have now signed exclusivity agreements with Crown Estate Scotland, which allows the developers to start offshore wind development work while Marine Scotland’s planning process for the INTOG Sectoral Marine Plan (INTOG SMP) is completed.
The INTOG leasing round has three key stages: Exclusivity, Option, and Lease.
If a successful proposed project is in the final INTOG SMP, an option agreement will be offered. This will help enable projects to continue through the planning, consenting, and financing stages. Projects will only progress to a full seabed lease once all these various development stages have been completed, according to Crown Estate Scotland, which is only in charge of the seabed leasing within this process.
As reported in March, Crown Estate Scotland selected 13 applications with a combined capacity of around 5.5 GW in the INTOG leasing round, the world’s first designed to enable offshore wind energy to directly supply offshore oil and gas platforms. Of these, five are small-scale (IN) innovative projects and eight are proposed to be supplying renewable electricity directly to oil and gas infrastructure (TOG).
TOG projects are expected to sign their exclusivity agreements later this year.
The five innovation offshore wind projects, which have a proposed capacity of up to a total of 499 MW, include two 99.5 MW floating offshore wind farms proposed by the BlueFloat Energy and Renantis partnership, Simply Blue Energy’s 100 MW Salamander floating wind farm (in partnership with Subsea 7 and Ørsted), a 50 MW project by BP, and a 100 MW project by ESB.
Each of the five innovation projects has a main field in which innovation is planned to be implemented.
Of the two BlueFloat Energy and Renantis’s floating wind farms, one is dedicated to commercialisation and the other to the supply chain. The latter is also the focus of the Salamander floating wind project.
BP proposes to use its 50 MW offshore wind projects to develop new markets, while ESB is focusing on cost reduction.
Option agreements are expected to be offered next year. To secure an option agreement, developers must provide a Supply Chain Development Statement (SCDS). Information from these statements will be published once option agreements are in place.
Crown Estate Scotland will offer a seabed lease of 25 years for IN projects and 50 years for TOG projects.
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