Eni e Red Rock Power, Scottish company leader in the development of offshore wind projects, have formed a partnership (Eni 50% and Red Rock Power Limited 50%) in view of the joint participation in the next tender of theoffshore wind farm in Scotland, ScotWind. The two companies also avail themselves of the support of Transmission Investment, a company active in the electricity transmission sector in the UK.
Eni and Red Rock Power, explains a press release, will also evaluate future opportunities in renewables in Scotland and will combine their expertise in the development of offshore wind farms, in order to support the energy transition and the achievement of the “zero emissions” goal in the UK.
In particular, future offshore wind projects will foster local industry growth opportunities and the development of new technologies, contributing both to the decarbonisation of the North Sea and to the transfer of skills to the renewable energy sector.
“We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Red Rock Power for the joint submission of a proposal in the ScotWind tender. The Red Rock Power team – he said Alessandro Della Zoppa, head of the renewable sector in Eni gas and electricity – brings its significant experience in this area, especially with regard to Scotland. We are confident that this collaboration will contribute to the achievement of Eni’s targets in renewables and to the development of Scotland’s role in the decarbonisation of the North Sea. The success of ScotWind it will be crucial for the development of the local industry in the sector and for the positioning of new technologies in a growing global market. Eni is committed to a just transition, which values constant attention to people and at the same time seizes the opportunities offered by the possible evolutions of the energy market. These principles guide us on the path undertaken for the transformation ”.
“Forging a partnership that would allow us to capitalize on our current experience in offshore wind development and to make the leap in offshore construction in anticipation of the offer to ScotWind – commented Guy Madgwick, CEO of Red Rock Power – it was crucial for us this year. The presence of Eni guarantees a wealth of skills in the development of offshore projects which adds great value in advancing possible initiatives in this area in the future. Our priority right now is to formulate a competitive proposition that will allow us to expand while maximizing opportunities for the wind sector and for the local Scottish industry. We are aware of the great potential that a collaboration with an energy company such as Eni can have in achieving the “zero emissions” targets in the North Sea, and for us this partnership is an opportunity to further contribute to the transition of the local workforce to the renewable sector. Like many others in our team, I come from a past working in oil & gas, and we are aware of the training opportunities and transferable skills that the wind sector can benefit from ”.
Eni continues to expand its portfolio in renewables and is committed to the reaching 60 GW of installed capacity by 2050. The company purchased a 20% stake in Dogger Bank’s offshore wind project in December 2020, owns and operates several onshore solar and wind projects in both Europe and the rest of the world.
In addition, Eni, the University of Strathclyde and Eni Corporate University have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and deliver a program that helps professionals and workers employed in the oil and gas sector in Scotland to transfer their skills to renewable technologies. , creating high profile jobs in Scotland.
Transmission Investment will bring to the partnership for ScotWind its broad expertise in electricity grid infrastructure, an area of key interest for UK offshore wind and ScotWind. With a proven track record in acquiring and managing connections for offshore wind farms in Great Britain and expertise in developing interconnectors and offshore wind generation, Transmission Investment is ideally placed to contribute to the expansion of the Scottish electricity sector, in particular in that of offshore wind.