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

11 Jan 2023

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.

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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.

About RPS

Founded in 1970 and built on a legacy of environmental and social engagement, RPS is a diversified global professional services firm of circa 5,000 consultants, designers, planners, engineers, and technical specialists.

RPS’ extensive offshore wind experience includes 20 years at the forefront of the industry, working across the UK, wider Europe, America, Australia and Asia. We have worked on both floating offshore wind and fixed foundation offshore wind projects, and we have deep experience in the provision of technical consultancy and operational support for the energy sector.

Past and present projects include sector firsts such as the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Hornsea One, Two and Three. We are currently delivering the Round 4 EIA and HRA for the bp and EnBW consortium in the UK and supporting the offshore approvals for Australia’s first offshore wind development, Star of the South. We are also providing marine subject matter expertise to support Vineyard Wind, the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind energy project, and have been selected as ESIA consultant for Equinor’s Firefly floating offshore wind project in South Korea.


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