The Salamander floating wind power project being developed by Irish outfit Simply Blue and transitioning offshore oil contractor Subsea 7 in the UK North Sea has signed a key memorandum of understanding with Scottish fabrication yard owner Global Energy Group (GEG) to advance the 200MW array.

The project – being fashioned to provide a ‘stepping-stone’ between demonstrator-scale projects and the future commercial developments off the UK – is being built around a next-generation platforms design from Ocergy, and launched ahead of the highly anticipated ScotWind offshore wind auction that is about to start