Forthwind Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of CIERCO and has been established to deliver an offshore wind demonstration project that will feature 2x new prototype or “pre-commercial” turbine not currently offered in the marketplace. The demonstration project will be located 1.5 km off of the northern shore of the Firth of Forth at Methil, Scotland, with the aim to validate the technical and operational abilities of the new offshore wind turbine technology on fixed foundations.
Forthwind Ltd were first granted seabed lease rights from the Crown Estate back in August 2014 and were subsequently granted development consent from Scottish Ministers under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 in December 2016. The consent also included a direction under Section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) that planning permission for the ancillary onshore development be deemed to be granted.
For further information about the Forthwind Section 36 variation, please click on the following link: Forthwind Section 36 Variation. Forthwind continues to engage with stakeholders in the refinement of the turbine technology demonstration plans.
CIERCO is moving forward with our Floating Wind Technology Demonstration strategy with Projects in Europe and the US, aiming to use selected technologies into the various projects, allowing advancements towards commercial readiness. As a part of this process, we are keen to engage with technology providers on both wind turbines and foundations as well as in areas of related technologies.
As a part of the process we keen to engage with a range of technology providers – turbines, innovative foundations, and related technologies. We aim to assess technology innovation and the suitability of the respective technologies for use within our projects. Should you have an innovative floating foundation solution, or indeed a different approach to what is considered the “norm” within offshore wind, please get in touch; we’d be delighted to have a conversation. As we will reach out for a formal Request for Information (RFI) later this spring, you can also request to get an invitation for this process.