Developers will get a late last chance to grab a further share of the action from the massive ScotWind offshore wind round when another leasing zone comes into play.

Seabed landlord Crown Estate Scotland has opened applications for a lease option on the NE1 zone east of the Shetland Islands, which was not allocated in January when 17 projects with a potential 25GW were lined up.

The most northerly of any of the areas up for grabs under ScotWind, the Shetland zone could add further floating wind to the 15GW already awarded in the main process, in what was hailed as a breakthrough for the sector.