Seagreen Wind Energy Limited has entered into a preferred supplier agreement with MHI Vestas for the turbines for the Seagreen offshore windfarm off the coast of Fife. The company will supply 114 turbines for the project
Seagreen project director at SSE Renewables John Hill said, “As the project progresses towards a final investment decision, SSE Renewables and MHI Vestas will work together to continue to engage with the Scottish and UK supply chain to maximise Scottish and UK content.”
MHI Vestas Offshore chief executive Philippe Kavafyan said, “Scotland is a burgeoning centre for offshore wind and we are keen to work closely with the Scottish and UK supply chains to create real value for the local communities as this project becomes a reality. We see the project as a major step forward for the offshore wind industry in the UK, and Scotland in particular. This will be our fourth project in Scotland.”
SSE Renewables said Seagreen would now open up discussions with businesses keen to win work in the renewables industry. It will host events around the UK to enable businesses to gear up to bid for contracts.
Mr Hill said, “Seagreen represents one of the most significant construction projects ever undertaken in Scotland and we want members of the Scottish supply chain to have the opportunity to work with us. We will be holding events across the country to promote opportunities for local companies to work with the project.
“Once completed, the project will inherit the crown of SSE Renewables’ other Scottish windfarm, Beatrice, and become Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm. We were very grateful to have been able to work with so many expert Scottish companies on Beatrice and we hope to replicate that local partnership success on Seagreen.”
The company said Seagreen could contribute more than £2.0Bn (US$2.6Bn) to the UK economy, of which £1Bn (US$1.3Bn) could be in Scotland.
‘Meet the Buyer’ events will offer the Scottish supply chain an opportunity to meet the project’s principal contractors, including MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, at events held on 5, 6 and 7 November in Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Earlier in October, Montrose Port on Scotland’s east coast was selected by SSE Renewables as the preferred location for the operations and maintenance base for the windfarm.
SSE secured a contract for difference at £41.61/MWh (US$50.95/MWh) for the 454-MW Seagreen project.