Total to step into UK offshore wind, says CEO


Global oil and gas giant Total is taking steps into the UK offshore wind market, according to CEO Patrick Pouyanne.

Pouyanne confirmed French group’s goals in the world’s largest offshore wind market at a conference held this week in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He said the rapid adoption for floating wind technology is the reason for the company’s move, noting Scotland’s plans to offer new development leases.

The company would be joining other traditional oil and gas giants Shell and Equinor in the renewables space, after its first attempt to join the Orsted-led bid for the 600MW Dunkirk zone off the coast of France, amongst concerns that traditional oil and gas majors may be able to influence the industry in their favour. Total currently has interests in solar PV and onshore wind via its US solar module subsidiary SunPower, and its sister-company Total Eren respectively.

To date, no further details have been announced.

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