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We are proposing to develop an offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth which will generate up to 1,000MW of renewable energy.
The Beatrice offshore wind farm consent application is currently with the Scottish Government for consideration. We will continue to work closely with local residents and stakeholders to keep them informed as plans for the project progress. Should you have any questions, or if you would like to be added to our project mailing list, please contact Kirstanne McDowall.
Wind turbines produce electricity by using the natural power of the wind to drive a generator.
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Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is the joint venture partnership formed between SSE Renewables (75%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%). In February 2009 we were awarded an exclusivity agreement by the Crown Estate to develop the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in Scottish Territorial Waters. The site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank. It is approximately 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. The development site will cover an approximate area of 131.5km². The site is approximately 11km to the north-east of the world’s first deep water wind farm development – the two-turbine (10MW) Beatrice Demonstrator Project, owned by Talisman and SSE, which has been operational since 2007. Building on the success of the Beatrice Demonstrator Project, we are proposing to develop an offshore wind farm which will generate up to 1,000MW of renewable energy. The proposed wind farm will have a maximum of 142 to 277 turbines, depending on turbine size. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm consent application is currently with the Scottish Government for consideration following a vote of no-objection by Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee in June this year. A final decision relating to the offshore wind farm is expected later in 2013 and if consented, the wind farm will potentially deliver significant, long term, sustainable economic development opportunities for the Moray Firth region such as investment in local infrastructure, direct and in-direct employment and use of local businesses wherever possible. Planning Permission in Principle has been granted by Moray Council for our Onshore Transmission Works (comprising of a cable landfall at Portgordon, underground onshore cabling from Portgordon to Blackhillock near Keith, and a new substation at Blackhillock) to connect the wind farm to the National Grid if consented. To read our most recent newsletter on the project please click here.
In June 2013, we submitted an addendum to the original offshore planning application to include feedback from statutory consultees and advancements in assessment methods for offshore developments. The amendments to the original application, as submitted to the Scottish Government through the Environmental Statement Addendum, are minor with no changes being made to the original layout of the scheme. The changes comprise:
The consultation period for the addendum is now closed. For further information on the details of the addendum please download our Non Technical Summary from the “More Information” section below.
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