Green Volt floating offshore windfarm will help decarbonise oil and gas platforms by powering them with renewable energy.
Our fast-track project that will cement Scotland’s position as world leader in floating offshore wind with the potential to export Scottish know-how and expertise worldwide. With a minimum nominal capacity of up to 560 MW, when operational in 2027 it will make a significant contribution to the UK Net Zero Challenge.
Green Volt will make a significant contribution towards:
- Scotland’s 2045 net zero target
- The North Sea Transition Deal goal to reduce offshore emissions by a minimum of 50% by 2030.
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We are consulting on new, proposed onshore infrastructure to facilitate the connection of the proposed Green Volt Offshore Wind Farm to the grid. The connection of this offshore windfarm aims to generate up to 560 MW of renewable energy for oil and gas platforms in the Outer Moray Firth area as part of the North Sea Transition Deal and the UK grid network.
About The Partners
Flotation Energy has a growing project pipeline of offshore wind projects with more than 13 GW in the UK, Ireland, Taiwan, Japan and Australia; and plans to expand into many more key markets.
The expertise of the Flotation Energy team lies in the project and engineering management of large infrastructure projects.
Flotation Energy have developed their own projects but also recognise the benefits of collaboration and working in partnership with other developers to deliver proven, cost-effective solutions.
Vårgrønn is an agile, Norway-based offshore wind company powering the energy transition through development, construction, operation, and ownership of renewable energy generation and green infrastructure. Vårgrønn is a joint venture between the energy company Plenitude (Eni) and the Norwegian energy entrepreneur and investor HitecVision. Both companies have a long history in the offshore energy sector and are strongly committed to contributing to the energy transition. Vårgrønn provides unique offshore competence, financial expertise and entrepreneurial drive. Vårgrønn’s ambition is 5 GW installed and sanctioned offshore wind capacity by 2030 in the Northern European market. They currently hold a 20 percent stage in the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank (UK). In a consortium with Agder Energi and Corio Generation (formerly Green Investment Group), Vårgrønn are developing a project for the Sørlige Nordsjø II area in Norway, and in partnership with Equinor they are developing floating offshore wind at Utsira Nord in Norway.
Timeline for the project:
Flotation Energy was early to recognise the opportunity for floating offshore wind to decarbonise offshore power generation, with members of the team having previously been involved in the Beatrice Demonstrator – the first project to power an oil and gas platform with renewable energy.
2020 – Flotation Energy begins environmental surveys on a redundant oil and gas field in the area, which is in the process of being decommissioned. The brownfield site is confirmed as an exceptional opportunity to create an offshore floating wind farm, with water depths of 90-100m and high-quality wind resource.
2021 – Flotation Energy works with regulators to understand the potential for project “Green Volt”, a project aimed to decarbonise offshore power generation for oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. Flotation Energy completes and submits an Environmental Scoping report to Marine Scotland, reaching the first major milestone in the Marine Consent process. Crown Estate Scotland announces a new leasing round for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation (INTOG).
Green Volt will allow the full retirement of existing offshore power generators and use a grid-connected wind farm to deliver reliable, renewable electricity, significantly reducing the carbon emissions of the platform’s power demand – by more than 80%.
This is great news for our planet resulting in a move away from the dependency upon gas-fired or diesel power generation systems which are fuel-hungry and carbon-intensive. Project Green Volt expected to become one of the world’s largest wind farms by 2027, and promises to be a landmark opportunity for Scotland and for Scotland’s economy.
About the Project
The Flotation Energy team has experience in delivering floating wind farms, having delivered Kincardine – the world’s largest grid connected and operational floating offshore wind farm at the time. Kincardine is located in the vicinity of the Fowlsheugh seabird colony; making us experienced in assessing and managing potential environmental impacts from floating wind farms in sensitive locations. We have successfully worked with regulators and their environmental advisers through development consent processes.
In addition to our floating wind experience, we also have experience in electrifying oil and gas platforms with offshore wind. The Flotation Energy team members were involved in the electrification of the Beatrice oil platform in 1999, which to date is the only fully electrified oil and gas asset in the North Sea. The Beatrice Demonstrator project in 2005/6 included two wind turbines being integrated into the Beatrice platform electrical system.
Delivering Net Zero
The project is a major contributor towards the goals of the North Sea Transition Deal, signed by HM Government and the UK oil and gas industry in 2021. The Transition Deal mandates reductions in emissions from oil and gas production that can only be achieved by using low carbon electricity to power offshore facilities.
The climate emergency must be dealt with. The Green Volt project has the potential to contribute to the Net Zero targets and to play a role in decarbonisation of the UK economy.
The location of the project in the vicinity of oil and gas fields and associated infrastructure presents a unique opportunity.
Green Volt is deliverable now and it is essential if Scotland is to be successful in delivering Net Zero.
Planning and Consent
In order for the project to be granted permission for construction, installation and operation, both offshore and onshore consent applications are required.
As the project proposes a greater than 1 MW offshore generating station it requires consent under the Electricity Act 1989 (as amended) and marine licences under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (beyond 12 nautical miles) and the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 (within 12 nautical miles).
The onshore infrastructure (buried cable and new substation) planning application will be considered by Aberdeenshire Council as a national development project under National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) (2014).
We are in the process of producing both offshore and onshore applications for consent, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports. A range of studies and surveys will inform project design and the application process. Consultation with the general public and key stakeholders will also inform the project and feed into the consenting process.
Environmental surveys are planned for 2022 both onshore and offshore to inform the project design and EIA processes. These will investigate shipping activity, seabed habitats and ecology, terrestrial ecology, onshore ground conditions, land use and a host of other aspects of the environment in which the project is situated.
In 2023 the final engineering and technical surveys will be completed offshore.
Scoping is the process of identifying the key issues in relation to potential environmental effects of the project and is also an opportunity to canvass the views of the local community and key stakeholders. Scoping allows the identification of potential issues at an early stage so that appropriate mitigation measures can be planned as soon as possible into the development. In addition, scoping ensures that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is proportionate to the key issues identified for the project.
An offshore scoping report was submitted to Marine Scotland for their opinion in November 2021 as part of the EIA process. The scoping report presents the full details of the nature and purpose of the project and its possible effects on the environment and is available on the Marine Scotland website – https://marine.gov.scot/data/scoping-request-green-volt-floating-offshore-wind-farm-east-aberdeenshire-coast
A separate onshore scoping report was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council in March 2022.
We’re carrying out lots of our own technical and environmental assessments but people living near to our projects have local knowledge we would really value.
Early consultation with local communities and consultees is a key part of this process, so that feedback on potential social and environmental impacts, opportunities and potential mitigation measures can be considered in advance of an application being made.
Between 20 September and 20 October we sought views to inform our Marine Licence Application. This new round of consultation represents the first opportunity for local communities and other stakeholders to share their views on the land-based aspects of our project. To help us develop our proposals further we’re asking for your feedback on our plans.
News and Updates
Flotation Energy is an independent, Scottish offshore wind developer. We are committed to the development of a local supply chain and the importance of a Just Transition for the UK energy sector workforce.
Green Volt are currently seeking ways to maximise UK participation in this project, which promises to be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm by 2027.
We believe Green Volt will act as the catalyst for a broad industrial supply base to develop ahead of larger, future developments as part of Scotwind and other projects. Our project will help develop and secure long-term investment and job growth in Scotland. We have already started supply chain engagement in Scotland and will build on this substantially throughout 2022 and 2023.