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Marubeni and CIP join consortium to bid on Scottish wind projects
Programme targets 11GW by 2030 as part of net-zero emissions goal
25 Nov 2020 | Michael Marray

Marubeni Corporation and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have joined a consortium with Scottish renewable energy developer SSE Renewables to bid on the ScotWind seabed leasing process managed by Crown Estate Scotland.

“We were pleased to see the Scottish government confirm the final sectoral marine plan to give developers certainty on the potential option areas in ScotWind, and look forward to finalizing our bids in the coming months," says CIP partner Michael Hannibal. "We have a combined offshore wind portfolio of around 5GW in Scotland, and over 20GW globally, and we have our sights set on increasing this through the ScotWind process.” 

“The global expertise that Marubeni and CIP bring to the table is important not only in fixed foundation offshore wind deployment but also in the development of critical new floating technology," adds Hisafumi Manabe, president and chief executive officer of Marubeni Offshore Wind Development Corporation. "We believe that ScotWind will play a pivotal role in delivering the new Scottish offshore wind target of 11GW by 2030, on the pathway to net zero, bringing a wealth of economic benefits along the way.”

Marubeni is currently leading a consortium to build Japan’s first commercial scale offshore wind projects at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture.

The company is also participating in two floating offshore wind demonstration projects in Japan. These are the world’s first experimental floating wind farm project called Fukushima Forward sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and a demonstration project of the next-generation floating offshore wind turbine sponsored by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Through these demonstration projects, Marubeni has acquired experience in five different floating offshore wind technologies.

CIP has experience in delivering offshore wind with interests in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and a global offshore wind pipeline of over 10GW. CIP has already worked with SSE Renewables on the 588MW Beatrice project in Scotland.

Headquartered in Perth, Scotland, SSE Renewables already has the largest offshore wind portfolio in Scotland, including Beatrice.

SSE Renewables, as part of joint ventures, is also leading the construction of the 1.1GW Seagreen project which will become the largest offshore wind farm in Scottish waters when completed and Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which at 3.6GW will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when operational.