Moray Offshore Renewables get consent to build a 1,116MW offshore windfarm


Moray Offshore Renewables (joint venture between EDP and Repsol) welcomed news that the Scottish Government has awarded it consent for the construction and operation of 1,116MW of offshore wind generation in the Outer Moray Firth.
The project, which, on conservative estimates of the wind resource available, will be capable of meeting the equivalent electricity needs of around 700,000 UK households, consists of the Telford, Stevenson and MacColl offshore windfarms, which are planned for construction 14 miles (22km) from the Caithness coastline.
Ronnie Quinn, The Crown Estate’s lead on Energy & Infrastructure in Scotland, said: “This is the second largest offshore wind project to be consented in the UK, reflecting the drive and expertise of the Scottish renewables industry. This development should help the UK retain a global lead in offshore wind and create plenty opportunities for Scottish businesses to benefit from the growth in low carbon energy. Our team stands ready to support this project as it progresses.”
The main points of the development include:
• Total installed generation capacity: 1,116 MW
• Total Number of turbines: up to 62 turbines of 6MW to 8MW capacity on each of three sites
• Total Area – 295km2
• Maximum turbine blade-tip height – 204m (669 feet)
• Minimum distance from shore – 22km (13.5 miles)
The projected development is expected to be able to supply the equivalent electricity needs to 688 000 UK households on the basis of average annual electricity consumption.
Peak employment during construction is projected to be up to 2,400 jobs in Scotland.
During the operational lifetime of the project, up to 330 Scottish jobs will be supported by operation and maintenance activities.