UK seabed owner, the Crown Estate, has kick-started the process for developing the offshore wind resource around Scotland. The organisation is inviting expressions of interest by June 23 from companies wishing to develop projects of 100 MW or more in Scottish territorial waters. They will then have three months to prepare and submit project proposals. Most UK offshore wind development so far has taken place around England and Wales. "We have listened to the requests from developers in the industry and are delighted to be working closely with the Scottish government," says Rob Hastings of the Crown Estate. Jason Ormiston of Scottish Renewables adds: "We are pleased the Crown Estate is now providing some certainty for developers who are keen to invest hundreds of millions of pounds if they can get the rights to develop."
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