Three floating projects totaling 2.8GW of generation on Monday emerged as winners from the clearing process of the giant ScotWind offshore wind seabed leasing round.

The trio of projects will be offered option agreements off Shetland, said seabed landlord Crown Estate Scotland which ran the process to offer another chance of success to developers that failed to win their preferred areas in the original ScotWind round.

Projects led by Ocean Winds (500MW), Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) (1.8GW) and ESB (500MW) between them covering 560 sq km of seabed were successful from 14 applications received, said Crown Estate Scotland, which added that each has a “common hydrogen focus” without giving more details.