Moray West remains committed despite CfD setback

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 20/09/2019 Moray West


Developers of the
Moray West offshore wind farm have today (20th September 2019) confirmed that the project remains viable, despite having not been awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) as part of the UK Government’s latest CfD auction. The offshore wind farm, which is led by a joint venture company combining EDPR and ENGIE, stated it placed competitive bids on a range of scenarios.

Moray West would consist of up to 85 turbines, with a maximum rotor diameter of 250 metres and maximum tip height of 285 metres. The array is located approximately 22 kilometres from the coast of Scotland, in the Moray Firth. It secured consent licences in Summer 2019.

The project team stated it recognises an opportunity for Moray West to be awarded a CfD in the next auction round in 2021 and would be on course for start of construction in 2024.


Dan Finch, Moray West Director commented: “Despite this setback, it is a significant achievement to get the project to such an advanced stage in a short period of time. Moray West will continue to develop the project in anticipation of the next auction round and thank our suppliers for helping us deliver a highly competitive bid, and with whom we will continue to work to drive the cost reduction agenda. I would also like to thank both internal and external stakeholders involved in getting Moray West Offshore Wind farm to this stage. Without their support we would not have been able to prepare the project for a strong bid. We continue to look forward to taking Moray West into its construction phase and delivering significant economic opportunities for Scotland and the UK

“We’re confident that Moray West is able to become a key piece of Scotland’s energy transition story. There is an opportunity for Scotland’s energy targets to be met in future by Scottish offshore wind farms and for Moray West to be a key step on that journey. The project also shows how two leaders in the industry, EDPR and ENGIE, can work together to develop low-cost renewable electricity.

“We also remain confident in the CfD process and recognise the mechanism’s importance in keeping prices down”


The project is located near another wind farm,
Moray East, which will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and three offshore substations. The 950 MW secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK Government in 2017 and is due to start generating power in 2021. It will be constructed next to the £2.8 billion Moray East Wind Farm, work on which started in 2018.
 
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