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Scottish offshore wind farm applies for consent

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: James Bernthal-Hooker 02/10/2023 Marine Scotland

The West of Orkney offshore wind farm has applied to the Scottish government for consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.

The application, submitted in late September, includes a full environmental impact assessment and a habitats regulations appraisal. It also includes applications for marine licences under Section 20 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and Section 65 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

If granted, the consents will enable the developers to biild and operate offshore. Onshore consent applications are expected this month (October). The project already has a grid connection agreement in place with National Grid, to connect to Caithness, Scotland.

Recently, the project concluded its 2023 geotechnical and geophysical survey campaigns, which will support its front-end engineering and design (FEED). Those campaigns were run by  Geoquip Marine and Gardline.

The 2 GW Scottish wind farm is planned to be installed 23 km off the north coast of Scotland, and 28 km from the west coast of Hoy, Orkney. It is being developed by Offshore Wind Power Limited, which is a consortium of Corio Generation (part of Macquarie Green Investment Group), TotalEnergies, and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG). It carries a reported £3.7 billion price tag.

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