Floating wind foundation technology backed by oil giant Chevron is in the frame to equip the 200MW Salamander project off Scotland, as its developer hailed the potential of Ocergy’s concept to open ports, slash steel requirements by 30%-plus and pave the way for local fabrication.

Salamander developer Simply Blue Energy said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ocergy to evaluate its foundation design for Salamander, which is being advanced in conjunction with offshore oil contractor Subsea7 ahead of this year’s ScotWind leasing round.