The two companies have the opportunity to enter an option agreement for the site, which is about 100 m water depth and is said to be suited to floating offshore wind.
The 50:50 partners have pledged to developing floating offshore wind on an industrial scale in Scotland, generating local jobs and opportunities on the mainland and on the Shetland Islands.
Mainstream CEO Mary Quaney said, “In Scotland we have already developed the 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, and we now look forward to working with all stakeholders to further develop and strengthen Scotland’s offshore wind industry and help position it a global leader in floating offshore wind power.”
Ocean Winds CEO Bautista Rodriguez added, "We are looking forward to using our more than 10-year expertise as pioneer in floating offshore wind farms from development to operation to progress this large floating project awarded with Mainstream, as well as the 500-MW floating project also awarded to Ocean Winds during this clearing round.”
Recently, Mainstream and Aker Offshore Wind merged to create a renewable energy company with a more than 27-GW net portfolio, advancing multi-gigawatt scale developments of offshore wind in countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Ireland, the UK and Sweden.
The company is a partner with Ocean Winds in the joint venture KF Wind in South Korea and is in a consortium bidding for the upcoming leasing round for floating wind at Utsira Nord in the Norwegian North Sea.
Mainstream/Ocean Winds are also shareholders of floating wind technology provider Principle Power.
Ocean Winds is a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGI, with 950 MW in operation at the fixed Moray East wind farm off northeast Scotland and 882 MW in the late development stage at Moray West.
In January, the company bid successfully for the Caledonia offshore wind farm (up) under the ScotWind lease process.