Crown Estate Scotland has opened the leasing round for offshore wind aimed at encouraging innovation and decarbonising the North Sea.
The Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) offshore wind leasing process has been opened for two weeks for interested parties to register and will be followed by the opening of the application window later this month.
Developers can apply for the rights to build small-scale innovative offshore wind projects of less than 100MW and projects that will provide green electricity to oil and gas infrastructure to reduce their carbon emissions.
Awards will be determined on a mixture of price bids and quality and will be split into two pots – one for smaller scale innovation projects and one for projects linked to oil and gas infrastructure.
The leasing round is expected to help meet the emissions reduction targets agreed last year between government and industry in the North Sea Transition Deal.
Colin Palmer, Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “INTOG represents an exciting opportunity to help decarbonise oil and gas installations and enable innovative projects which are important in lowering costs for the commercial deployment of offshore wind, reducing risk and developing Scotland as a destination for innovation and technical expertise.
“Platform electrification, which INTOG will help deliver, will reduce North Sea oil and gas emissions while also supporting new skills and jobs. Taken as a whole, INTOG will play a significant role in helping us reach net zero and meet our energy requirements of the future.”