Monday, December 5, 2022

Simply Blue Group and Marine Power Systems to pursue INTOG innovation project opportunity

Marine Power Systems (MPS) have partnered with Simply Blue Group to develop a project proposal for the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round run by Crown Estate Scotland.

The collaboration between Simply Blue Group and MPS would see six wind turbines deployed on the MPS floating platform, PelaFlex, in waters between 60 and 100m in depth, delivering a total capacity of 100MW.

‘Marine Power Systems – PelaFlex’

Simply Blue Group is a leading blue economy developer with a focus on floating wind and has over 10GW of floating offshore wind projects under development worldwide. This latest collaboration forms part of the Nomadic Offshore Wind project, launched early in the year.

MPS has been selected as the preferred technology partner based on the strengths of their structurally efficient tension legged platform which delivers significantly reduced system mass and a smaller mooring footprint than its peers. The technology has been designed to optimise local content delivery through a decentralised logistics model, and those benefits help utility scale developers minimise costs whilst maximising local economic benefits and accelerating industrial scale farm development.

Sam Roch-Perks, Group Chief Executive Officer, Simply Blue Group said; “Marine Power Systems offers the most advanced UK floating technology which we consider to be a good fit with our Nomadic Offshore Wind project. We are looking forward to working with this dynamic team.”

Gareth Stockman, CEO at Marine Power Systems commented, “We are delighted to partner with Simply Blue Group to work on this project, which directly supports the UK energy strategy, and develop our relationship with one of the leading blue energy developers in the UK. Our innovative floating platform technology has been designed for industrial scale deployment from the outset. The technology brings significant cost and efficiency benefits throughout the product lifecycle and puts SBG and MPS in a strong position, and one that will provide a steppingstone to bigger commercial scale deployments in the future.”

The INTOG leasing round aims to support projects that will directly reduce emissions from oil and gas production (up to a total capacity of 5.7GW) but also drive commercialisation and innovation in offshore wind (up to a total capacity of 500MW) as well as support supply chain development. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s drive to reach net zero emissions by 2045 where the decarbonisation of oil and gas installations is seen as playing an important role in the transition to net zero.

This follows the announcement last week that Marine Power Systems have joined forces with WavEC to deploy their unique modular floating offshore wind platform technology at Viana do Castelo in the north region of Portugal.

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