Moray West gets the green light

In: Windfarms

The Scottish Government has granted planning permission for the
Moray West offshore wind farm. The project is being developed by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL), a project company owned by ENGIE, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) and EDP Renewables.

MORL requested a marine licence to construct the array back in July 2018. According to the consent documents, the project will feature up to 85 turbines, with a maximum rotor diameter of 250m and max tip height of 285m. It is currently planned that construction of the development will commence in 2022 and end in 2024, spanning approximately 36 months. The array is located approximately 22km from the coast of Scotland, in the Moray Firth.

Nearby is another wind farm,
Moray East, which will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and three offshore substations. The 950 MW project is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East Ltd (MOWEL), a joint venture company owned by Diamond Green Limited (33.4%), EDP Renewables (33.3 %), ENGIE (23.3%) and CTG (10%). It secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK Government in 2017 and is due to start generating power in 2021.

Two stakeholders in both projects, EDP Renewables and ENGIE, recently signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a co-controlled 50/50 joint-venture (JV) in fixed and floating offshore wind. In a statement, the companies outlined that the new entity will be the exclusive vehicle of investment  EDP Renewables and ENGIE for offshore wind opportunities worldwide, with the aim of creating a global top-5 player in the field.

Under the terms of the MoU, EDP and ENGIE will combine their offshore wind assets and project pipelines in the newly-created JV, starting with a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development, with the target of reaching 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation or construction and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development by 2025.

The JV will primarily target markets in Europe, the United States and selected geographies in Asia, where the two companies anticipate the most of the growth is expected to come from. The alliance follows EDPR and ENGIE’s six-year cooperation as consortium partners in the
Dieppe Le Tréport and Yeu Noirmoutier fixed offshore wind projects in France and Moray East and Moray West in the UK.

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