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The Salamander
Project

The Salamander project will harness the offshore wind potential of the North Sea to help create a clean, sustainable future for everyone. The project will utilise innovative and cutting-edge floating offshore wind technologies to produce zero-carbon electricity. The development aims to help Scotland and the UK as a whole to progress towards a net-zero future.

The Salamander project is a pre-commercial size project, up to 200MW capacity, located off Peterhead in the East coast of Scotland. Due to its privileged location the project is currently exploring different routes to market including oil and gas decarbonization and hydrogen production. The project is in an advanced planning stage and it is aiming to secure a Contracts for Difference (the government’s main mechanism for supporting low-carbon electricity generation) in 2025 if this is the route to market taken. The project is also looking at potential offtake agreements for hydrogen. The Salamander project is a pre-commercial stepping-stone project that is following the philosophy that Simply Blue Energy is using in the Celtic Sea and therefore has a strong focus on supply chain development. Salamander 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. 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 Salamander project will contribute to the UK government’s target of 1GW of operational floating offshore wind by 2030.

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 60m deep. Therefore, it is clear that floating wind is going to play a very important 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 80MW. The recently launched ScotWind commercial leasing round is underway in Scotland by which Crown Estate Scotland will grant property rights for seabed in Scottish waters for approximately 10GW of new commercial scale offshore wind project development. It is expected that some of these projects will use floating wind foundations with most of these becoming operational post 2030 and on a scale of circa 1GW each.

Given previous 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

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

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Project Goal 1
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The Salamander project will contribute to the Scottish Government and UK Government net-zero targets. The project has the opportunity to contribute to the 1 GW UK government target for floating wind by 2030.

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Project Goal 2
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We are dedicated to developing sustainable and transformative marine projects, working with the oceans, and enabling communities to benefit from blue growth. Therefore, we commit to having a continuous and strong stakeholder and community engagement element in this project.

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Project Goal 3
Who we are
Who We Are

Who are Simply Blue Energy?

Headquartered in Cork (Ireland) and with offices in Edinburgh (Scotland), Simply Blue Energy 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. Our projects cover floating wind energy, wave energy and aquaculture. Our 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. We are committed to engaging with coastal communities and supporting stepping-stone developments to encourage growth that will benefit everyone.

Project Team