Danish renewable energy firm Ørsted, in partnership with Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, has signed an option agreement for developing an offshore wind site off the north-east coast of Scotland.

The companies signed the agreement with Crown Estate Scotland (CES).

The agreement covers the development of a floating wind site with up to 1GW of capacity, which was secured in the recent ScotWind offshore wind leasing round.

The proposed Stromar wind farm is located offshore from Caithness, around 50km east of Wick.

It is intended to further expand Ørsted’s footprint in Scotland.

Ørsted UK head Duncan Clark said: “Our existing offshore wind farms have transformed the areas where we operate – strengthening local supply chains and providing people with new jobs and skills that really make an impact on people’s lives.

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“We now look forward to bringing our expertise to floating wind for the first time and bringing those same benefits to Scotland while also providing the clean energy that will be crucial to a net-zero future.”

For the proposed project, Ørsted will combine its experience in developing and building offshore wind projects with BlueFloat Energy’s knowledge of developing floating wind projects.

Falck Renewables will also contribute its experience in community engagement in Scotland.

Research work to examine the potential effects of floating offshore wind developments on the marine environment will be carried out in association with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).

The companies have also begun working with community ownership consultants Energy4All on a framework to allow local communities and residents to share in the financial benefits of the offshore wind projects.

Earlier this month, Ørsted and Spanish power company Repsol agreed to explore the development of floating offshore wind projects in Spain.

The partnership aims to help Spain meet its aim to install 3GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2030.