Analysis & Insight

Initial Predictions for Offshore Wind Farms in the ScotWind Leasing Round

Published 22 March 2021

ScotWind is a seabed leasing round, run by Crown Estate Scotland, and aims to enable up to 10GW of new offshore wind farms to be constructed in Scottish waters from a total area of 12,810km2, in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. The seabed rights are likely to be awarded by the end of 2021, with the projects enabled by ScotWind expected to be built around 2030.

In this Analysis and Insights paper, Dr Anthony Gray seeks to provide some initial predictions for the supply chain, including estimating how many of each foundation type (i.e. monopile, jacket or floating) might be required to build the 10GW (maximum) of offshore wind farms enabled by the ScotWind seabed leasing round.