The delivery of new floating offshore wind projects is at the heart of our strategy, our growth plans, and our overall portfolio direction.

At the forefront of our plans using floating technology is our Ossian project, which was born from the ScotWind process.

In the following short film, Brian McFarlane, Head of Offshore Wind Development, talks about our plans for the proposed 3.6GW Ossian floating wind project.


At up to 3.6GW of potential capacity, Ossian will be one of the first commercial scale floating offshore wind farms in the world. Its delivery will kickstart a new era for offshore wind and transform the industry as we know it.

Ossian is a joint venture project between SSE Renewables, Marubeni Corporation and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). At 858 square kilometres of seabed, Ossian is one of the largest lease areas to be offered by Crown Estate Scotland to any bidder in 2022's ScotWind leasing round.

Located approximately 84km off Scotland's Angus coast, the project area has average water depths of 72m, making the site suitable for the deployment of floating offshore wind turbines to deliver up to 3.6GW of new installed capacity.

Once complete, Ossian could produce enough energy to power up to 6 million homes annually and offset up to 7.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Key facts:

  • Estimated carbon emissions offset: up to 7.5m tonnes
  • Capacity: up to 3.6GW
  • Site dimensions: 858km2
  • Homes powered: up to 6 million

Find out more at the Ossian website.

As the floating market develops and more projects emerge, our pipeline will continue to grow, enabling critical challenges such as supply chain to be addressed. Activity continues to be monitored globally and greater collaboration across the sector will enable significant developments in supply chain and project deployment.

Accelerating growth globally

We’re working with our supply chain network and local partners across international markets to develop the next generation of floating wind prospects in abundant deep-water sites.

In Japan we’ve established SSE Pacifico, a joint ownership company with Pacifico Energy, where we are combining our world-class expertise in delivering offshore wind farm projects with extensive local development experience to pursue a large portfolio of offshore wind. This will include floating wind development projects in multiple locations.

Find out more about at the SSE Pacifico website.

We’re also monitoring activity in Spain, Portugal and Australia.