Scotland has launched its long-anticipated ScotWind offshore wind power leasing round, opening the door to a ‘high scenario’ of as much as 10GW in new projects and raising hopes of an almost £9bn ($11.5bn) wave of investment in the sector.

Construction of the developments that will be awarded via the tender by seabed landlord Crown Estate Scotland is expected to result in enough sea-based wind plant to initially supply electricity to 2.4