Turbine supply contract for Seagreen finalised

SSE Renewables has completed and signed the turbine supply contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the Seagreen offshore wind farm.

The 1,075MW project is located 27km off the coast of Angus. When complete Seagreen is expected to be Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, providing a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition and enough clean, renewable energy to power 1 million homes.

Under the contract MHI Vestas will manufacture 114 V164-10 MW turbines which it will then install in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland in 2021. SSE Renewables has also signed a service and maintenance agreement at the project with MHI Vestas for a period of 15 years.

John Hill, Seagreen Project Director, said: “We’re delighted to have finalised the turbine supply contract with MHI Vestas for the 114 turbines for installation at Seagreen offshore wind farm. We are looking forward to using the proven offshore turbine technology of MHI Vestas to harness the power of North Sea wind to provide new green energy for Scotland and the UK.

“The conclusion of this contract is yet another step towards delivering Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Julian Brown, UK Country Manager at MHI Vestas, said: “The Seagreen contract will further secure the presence of MHI Vestas in the UK with service operations based in Scotland serving the project and blades supplied from the Isle of Wight blades manufacturing facility.

“The project will be supported by our technician apprenticeship programme based in Scotland and provides further opportunities for development of the UK supply chain, delivering sustainable and high value jobs in offshore wind. We look forward to working with our partners across Scotland and the northeast to build and install the 114 turbines at Seagreen.”

At the end of 2019, SSE Renewables appointed Montrose port as the preferred location of the operations and maintenance base for Seagreen, bringing investment and jobs to the local area for the lifetime of the project.

Seagreen is the only Scottish offshore wind project to have been successful in the UK Government’s most recent auction for low carbon power, with a portion of the project awarded a 15-year contract.