Irish green energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services have joined forces to compete for acreage offshore Scotland.
The partnership has revealed it has bid in the landmark ScotWind leasing round, which closed to applicants earlier this month.
If successful, turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Siemens Energy will work as the project’s tier one suppliers from the outset.
The group has committed to developing a “competitive local supply chain” in order to underpin the project, supported by a dedicated multi-million pound fund.
Mainstream, which is majority owned by Aker Horizons, and Siemens already claim to be behind the UK’s “biggest offshore wind supply chain success story” in Hull and Humber.
Orsted’s Hornsea zone has facilitated a “competitive offshore-centred economy in the region”, featuring Siemens Gamesa’s blade manufacturing facility and service hub – the combined activities have created about 1,000 jobs.
And the consortium is hoping to replicate such successes in Scotland, starting with investments designed to create positive economic impacts for local communities.
Steffen Grosse, SFS Equity chief executive, said: “This presents a unique supply chain-led consortium, combining the extensive offshore wind development experience of Mainstream and SFS with world leading equipment suppliers in Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy.
“Our consortium’s track record of success means we can deliver on our clear plan to drive forward Scotland’s green energy transition supported by the transformation of the local …….