Wood Becomes Principal Designer for 100 MW Salamander Floating Wind Project in Scotland

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Wood was awarded the Pre-FEED scope and Principal Designer of Salamander, a floating wind farm that is 100MW located 35km from Peterhead on the East Coast of Scotland.

The Salamander Project, a joint venture of Simply Blue Group, Orsted, and Subsea 7 will play a significant role in ensuring that the UK government’s goal of delivering 5GW operational floating offshore wind by 2030 can be achieved and that it is to the maximum benefit for both public and private stakeholders.

This pioneering project will provide the Scottish supply chain an opportunity to develop capacity early, which will allow it to play a greater role in future large-scale floating offshore wind buildouts. This project will use cutting-edge floating offshore wind technologies to help with the learning and cost reduction required for commercial floating offshore wind deployment.

Wood Consulting’s Executive President Azad Hessamodini stated that Given Scotland’s impressive renewable energy resources, the country has a tremendous chance to consolidate its position as a world leader in the fast growing floating offshore wind market. Salamander’s development will be a key part in providing low-carbon energy in the region, and helping the UK meet its ambitious decarbonization goals. This innovative project, which could be the benchmark for floating wind development around the world, is being developed by us.

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Wood will manage a system-level pre-FEED (front end engineering design) in order to allow the costing, planning, and risk assessment of a FEED process. Wood will also manage interfaces with foundation designers and provide design services for subsea, onshore and grid cables. This scope includes OEM engagement for wind turbine generators, as well as collation of site data and ports, transport, installation analysis, O&M strategy, and certification.

Salamander will be developed through the Innovation Track of Crown Estate Scotland’s forthcoming Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas round. The INTOG round, which opens in August 2022 will award seabed leases via an auction process. It will split into two pots – one to support smaller scale innovation projects less than 100 MW, and one for larger projects that are linked to oil and natural gas infrastructure.

Huw Bell, Salamander Project director said that Salamander will be a crucial stepping-stone in delivering Scotland’s commercial scale offshore wind development. This project can show a way to reduce cost and risk, as well as develop Scotland as an innovation destination, just in time for the next wave of large-scale developments that will be happening from 2030. No other project offers so many valuable and broad lessons for Scottish industry stakeholders over the next few decades. We look forward working with Wood to bring Salamander to the next phase of development.”

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This award is a continuation of the relationship Wood has with Simply Blue Group. Wood was previously awarded a preFEED contract for a floating offshore wind farm off the west coast Ireland.

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