Scottish offshore oil & gas capital Aberdeen is to become home to a national floating wind innovation centre to be built within the city’s Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) following £9m ($12m) investment by ETZ Ltd, the company running the landmark development project, and government-industry body the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

The UK’s National Floating Wind Innovation Centre (NFWIC), which will be located at the Altens industrial estate where many of the stalwart North Sea oil operators and contractors have their bases, will be launched with a focus on digital simulation and modelling of floating structures and move on to concentrate on the validation of the key components, including moorings and anchors, dynamic cables and electrical systems.