SSE Renewables has taken a final investment decision to proceed with the Seagreen 1 offshore windfarm and is doing so in partnership with oil company Total.
Located in Scottish waters in the Firth of Forth, at 1,075 MW Seagreen 1 will be Scotland’s largest windfarm once complete.
The £3Bn project will be taken forward together with a new joint venture partner, oil major Total, with whom SSE Renewables has entered into an agreement to sell a 51% stake in Seagreen 1.
SSE Renewables will continue to lead on the development and construction of the project, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23.
SSE Renewables has also confirmed that it has completed and signed a contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to provide the 10-MW turbines for the project, the blades for which will be manufactured in the Isle of Wight.
Seaway 7 will create up to 50 jobs at its Aberdeen office as a result of being awarded the contract to install the foundations and inter-array cables for Seagreen 1.
This builds on Seagreen’s existing commitments to maximising local content, with Aberdeen-based Petrofac building the onshore and offshore substations and Montrose Port chosen as home to the operations and maintenance base for the 25-year life of the offshore windfarm.
In September 2019, SSE Renewables secured a 15-year contract for difference in the UK government’s auction for low carbon power for around 40% of the project’s capacity.
Another 30% will be contracted with the SSE Group, which is well-positioned to optimise the route to market for this renewable output, including through developing opportunities to meet its customers’ growing demand for long-term fixed price green power.
SSE Renewables continues to develop its wholly-owned Seagreen 2 and 3 projects (combined up to 3.2 GW), which were awarded exclusive development rights by The Crown Estate in 2010.