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ScotWind: Thistle Wind Partners consortium selects RPS for offshore wind project environmental assessment

RPS has been selected to provide consenting support services and to complete Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA) for Thistle Wind Partners, a consortium of DEME Concessions (Wind) NV, Qair Marine SAS and Aspiravi International NV. 

11 January 2023 | 2 min read

Thistle Wind Partners (a consortium of Deme, Qair and Aspiravi) is developing two new Scottish offshore wind farms in the ScotWind programme: a 1GW floating project located 33km from Orkney (E3) and a 1GW fixed-foundation project lying 47km off Aberdeen (NE2).

RPS has been selected to provide consenting support services and to complete Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA) for Thistle Wind Partners, a consortium of DEME Concessions (Wind) NV, Qair Marine SAS and Aspiravi International NV. The consortium brings together a strong team of offshore wind development expertise to successfully deliver two offshore wind farms, one fixed and one floating, each with a potential generating capacity of approximately 1GW.

The consortium was awarded two option areas in the highly competitive ScotWind leasing process – Scotland’s first in over a decade. Of 74 applications, 20 were selected, enabling the Scottish government’s ambition to deliver an additional 27.6GW of electricity from offshore wind.

TWP plans to make local content a key focus, helping to develop related supply chains and expertise.

Nicola Simpson, Technical Director, Offshore Wind, said, “Our team is delighted to support and advise on this project as Thistle Wind Partners expand in Scotland and the UK. This is an exciting time for the Scottish offshore wind industry, with the government’s commitment to growth and energy transition and the entry of innovative new partnerships into the offshore wind development space. We have been supporting these projects through the bid process and then since the leases were awarded, and Thistle Wind Partners’ experience and track record of developing renewables and offshore assets is definitely bringing exciting new thinking to the UK industry. Working with them builds on our two decades of experience of helping to deliver all offshore and onshore elements for offshore wind.”

The RPS team are based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and offer some of Scotland’s most up-to-date offshore wind consenting experience. We have a 20-year history delivering renewables projects in the United Kingdom, including leading offshore consenting and licence activities for Scotland’s Berwick Bank Wind Farm.

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Founded in 1970, RPS, A Tetra Tech Company (RPS) is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000 consultants and service providers. Operating in 125 countries, working across six continents we define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

RPS delivers a broad range of services in six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, defence and government services and resources. Services provided across RPS' six sectors cover twelve service clusters: project and program management, design and development, water services, environment, advisory and management consulting, exploration and development, planning and approvals, health, safety and risk, oceans and coastal, laboratories, training and communications, creative and digital services.

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