TWP achieves the first of its 2024 milestones for ScotWind projects

Press release 05 Feb 2024

Monday 5th February, 2024. Thistle Wind Partners (TWP) a consortium involving DEME, Qair and Aspiravi, has submitted the onshore scoping report for its Ayre Offshore Wind Farm to The Highland Council. This is the first of a series of consenting milestones for TWP’s two ScotWind projects in 2024.

TWP’s Ayre project, located to the east of Orkney, will be a 1GW floating wind farm, contributing to the UK and Scottish Government’s targets for accelerating floating wind capacity. Through its local supply chain targets, TWP supports Scotland and the wider UK in developing exportable goods and services for the global floating wind sector.

This week’s submission of the onshore scoping report for the Ayre project is an important first milestone towards the required onshore planning permission for the project. The report outlines the onshore infrastructure needed for the project and the approach to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which will support the submission for Planning Permission in Principle, targeted for early 2025.

The project’s grid connection point will be in Caithness, near the village of Spittal, with a landfall point at Sinclair’s Bay, all connected by underground cables. In 2023, the project team began community engagement in the region through a series of community and supply chain events in Caithness and neighbouring Orkney.

TWP anticipates returning to Caithness with further information on the locations of the substation, landfall and cables in the second quarter of this year in order to seek further feedback from the community.

Upcoming project milestones in 2024

TWP’s two ScotWind projects are on track to achieve a series of consenting and engineering milestones this year.

The offshore scoping report for Ayre is due to be submitted in spring 2024. For the Bowdun Offshore Wind Farm, which is a 1GW fixed-foundation project off the coast of Aberdeenshire, both onshore and offshore scoping reports are scheduled for submission this summer.

The pre-FEEDS (Front-End Engineering Designs) for both projects are underway.

Ian Taylor, Project Director at TWP, said: “Despite the projects facing a series of challenges over the course of 2023, they remain on track. We have navigated a way through these difficult times in the offshore wind sector thanks to active collaboration with the group of ScotWind developers and government agencies. The way we have pulled together in 2023 is breaking new ground for the energy sector and gives us great confidence in the future.”

Notes to Editors

Contact Amy Needham, Communications Manager, Thistle Wind Partners (TWP) for more information – a.needham@twp.scot, 07396669968

Photo caption: View of the Eolmed Floating Wind Park currently under construction by TWP founder Qair in the Mediterranean Basin.

About Thistle Wind Partners (TWP)

Thistle Wind Partners (TWP) is a joint venture between DEME, Qair and Aspiravi working to develop two offshore wind projects off the coast of Scotland with a combined capacity of 2GW. Our founder companies bring more than 60 years of combined renewable energy development worldwide.

Operating from offices in Edinburgh, TWP is developing a mix of floating and fixed-foundation projects after successfully securing rights to almost 400km2 of seabed under the ScotWind leasing round in 2022. Currently in development are the Ayre Offshore Wind Farm, a 1GW floating-foundation project located to the east of Orkney, and the Bowdun Offshore Wind Farm, a 1GW fixed-foundation project off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

TWP is committed to maximising the use of Scottish and UK-based supply chains for its projects.

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