The Salamander

The Salamander Offshore Wind Farm will utilise innovative and cutting-edge floating offshore wind technologies to produce zero-carbon electricity. The development aims to be a stepping stone to help Scotland and the UK to progress towards a net-zero future.

With a proposed 100 MW pre-commercial size project, the Salamander Offshore Wind Farm which is located off Peterhead in the North East of Scotland, is in an advanced planning stage. The Salamander Offshore Wind Farm has a strong focus on supply chain development and will provide an opportunity for the local supply chain to gear up for commercial scale opportunities in Scotland, as well as de-risking floating wind technologies for the future commercial projects in Scotland and beyond. This will allow Scotland to maximise the financial benefit of its strong offshore wind resource and generate long term jobs for its local communities.

The project will contribute to the Scottish government’s target of 11 GW of installed offshore wind by 2030, as well as the UK government’s target of 5 GW of operational floating offshore wind by the same date.

The Salamander Offshore Wind Farm will work collaboratively to get innovative technology ready to solve wider challenges such as grid balancing and co-located generation.

Floating wind market in Scotland

Floating wind foundations are normally used in deep waters where fixed foundations are no longer economically feasible. Space for fixed foundations is scarce in many countries (including the UK) as development of fixed wind projects has been happening for the last 15 years. WindEurope estimates 80% of the wind resource in Europe is in waters beyond 60 m deep. Therefore, floating wind is going to play a key role in the development of offshore wind pipelines in many countries including Scotland.

Scotland is a pioneer in floating offshore wind having deployed the first floating array in the world, the Hywind Scotland project. In addition to this project, Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Phase 1 and Phase 2 have recently been deployed bringing the combined capacity of floating offshore wind in Scotland to 80 MW. The ScotWind commercial leasing round saw Crown Estate Scotland grant property rights for seabed in Scottish waters for 25 GW of new commercial scale offshore wind project development, of which 15 GW are proposed floating offshore wind farms. Most of the floating projects are expected to become operational post 2030 and are on a scale of circa 1 GW each.

Given previous floating projects have not yielded the expected supply chain benefits for Scotland, there is a need for pre-commercial stepping-stone projects to get ready for ScotWind. The Salamander project aims to bridge the development gap between the current operational floating wind projects and ScotWind projects

Project Goals


Our innovative pre-commercial stepping-stone concept will use novel floating foundations to
(i) maximise Scottish content,
(ii) enable the Scottish supply chain to gear up for the future floating offshore wind commercial opportunities in ScotWind and
(iii) reduce the financial, environmental and technology risks of floating offshore wind.

Project Goal 1

The Salamander project will contribute to the Scottish Government and UK Government net-zero targets. The project can contribute to the Scottish government’s target of 11 GW of installed offshore wind by 2030, as well as the UK government’s target of 5 GW of operational floating offshore wind by the same date.

Project Goal 2

We are dedicated to developing a sustainable and transformative project, working with the oceans, and enabling communities to benefit from Project Salamander. Therefore, we commit to having a continuous and strong stakeholder and community engagement.

Project Goal 3

Anticipated Project Stages

Scoping Report
Environmental Statement &
Application Documents Finalised
Anticipated Consent
Contract for
Difference Awarded
Final Investment
Installation & Delivery
The Partnership
The Partnership

About the partnership

The The Salamander Offshore Wind Farm brings together a strong partnership to help unlock Scotland’s floating offshore wind potential. The partnership is comprised of Ørsted, the world leader in offshore wind and Simply Blue Group, a leading Irish blue economy developer in floating offshore wind, wave energy and low-impact aquaculture. Subsea7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects in services in the energy industry, is also a minority partner in the project.


Who is Ørsted?

Ørsted is the market leader in offshore wind, with over 30 years of experience developing, building, operating and owning offshore wind farms. Ørsted is committed to building a local supply chain that benefits local businesses. Ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company in the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index, Ørsted is also the only energy company with a net-zero emissions target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Ørsted’s vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy.

Simply Blue Group
Simply Blue Group

Who is Simply Blue Group?

Headquartered in Cork (Ireland) and with offices in Edinburgh (Scotland), Group is a leading early stage developer of sustainable and transformative marine projects who work with the oceans and enable communities to benefit from blue growth. Simply Blue Group’s projects cover floating wind energy, wave energy and low impact aquaculture. The mission is to raise awareness of the oceans’ potential, pioneer marine project development and collaborate with partners to build a sustainable blue economy and communities. Simply Blue Group s committed to engaging with coastal communities and supporting stepping-stone developments to encourage growth that will benefit everyone.


Who is Subsea7?

Subsea 7 is a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the evolving energy industry. Subsea 7 creates sustainable value by being the industry’s partner and employer of choice in delivering the efficient offshore solutions the world needs. To find out more visit

Project Team

Hugh Yendole<br>Project Director
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