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Scots fear offshore CfD washout

'Considerable unease' north of border ahead of Thursday's auction result

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There is "considerable unease" in Scotland around this week's Contracts for Difference auction results with the country's offshore wind portfolio widely expected to miss out on awards.

Scottish National Party spokesman on energy and climate change Mike Weir told today's Energy, Environment and Transport Forum at Westminster that it is "highly unlikely" a Scottish offshore project will be chosen.

He said: "The capacity up for grabs in this first round of CfD allocation is significantly less than the industry expected."

There are two projects sited off Weir’s Angus constituency totalling more than 1GW, both of which are bidding in the first round.

"It's clear these both will not be granted a CfD. There is no guarantee, and it is highly unlikely, that a Scottish application will be chosen."

He called this "a dilemma" and said he has raised the issue with the Secretary of State.

Weir added: "Many developers are now looking at their offshore wind projects and looking at whether they want to put these projects forward to spend more money when there is no certainty for the future."

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing previously expressed optimism that a Scottish project would make the cut under the CfD offshore pot, which is expected to total 900MW.

Winners will be announced on Thursday morning.

Image: SSE is among the developers looking to build offshore Scotland (RWE) 

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