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OWE 2017: ScottishPower to collaborate with ORE Catapult

UK: Developer ScottishPower Renewables and advisory body ORE Catapult will work together on improving offshore technologies and utilising the supply chain.

ScottishPower Renewables' parent company Iberdrola recently installed foundations at the Wikinger offshore wind project in Germany
ScottishPower Renewables' parent company Iberdrola recently installed foundations at the Wikinger offshore wind project in Germany

The agreement was announced at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 in London (6-8 June). 

The partnership is expected to help reduce the cost of energy through improving technology, benefiting the whole industry and the UK supply chain, ORE Catapult said. 

A first study will focus on foundation fabrication, designed to increase the manufacturing efficiencies and reviewing "potential opportunities for innovation". 

"Innovation and further efforts to boost the supply chain in the UK are critical elements to continue driving down the costs of offshore wind," said ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson.

"We hope that our work with ORE Catapult will deliver benefits for the entire industry. Our East Anglia One project is already the best-value offshore wind project to go into construction in the UK, with industry-leading levels of local content, but we will continue to strive to deliver even greater benefits for consumers and local businesses as our sector grows," Anderson added. 

The 714MW East Anglia One project was one of only two offshore sites to be awarded a contract for difference subsidy by the UK government towards the end of February 2015.

In the auction process, ScottishPower Renewables bid a strike price of £119.89/MWh (€137/MWh) to be paid over the 15-year contract.

ScottishPower said it was aiming to spend half the €2.5 billion investment in the UK supply chain.

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