Developers of the Moray
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.
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
“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
will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5
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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