Scottish wind farm submits scoping report for consultation

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 04/10/2022 Ocean Winds

Caledonia Offshore Windfarm has submitted its first major public document, the Offshore Scoping Report, to Marine Scotland.

Ocean Winds (OW), a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, is developing the site targeting a capacity of 2 GW. The 429km2 site was secured in the ScotWind leasing round (NE4) back in January. Water depths are in the order of 50m, and the site is expected to be developed using proven fixed-bottom foundations. Once fully commissioned (expected in 2030), it is expected to meet the average electricity needs of around two million homes.

The scoping report outlines the technologies under consideration for developing the offshore wind site in the Moray Firth. The report also details the work that will be undertaken for the Environmental Impact Assessment which will support the planning application for the project, which is expected to be made in 2024.

The Scoping Report is open to consultation, with a series of public events being held in November:  Wick (7th Nov), Fraserburgh (9th Nov) and Buckie (10th Nov).

Caledonia Project Director Mark Baxter commented: “The ScotWind seabed allocation took place at the beginning of the year, and I am pleased that, after just nine months Caledonia is one of the first projects to publish its scoping report – marking an important early milestone in project development.

“The urgent need for new generation, low-cost energy capacity in the UK and Scotland has been prioritised by Governments, and Caledonia is ideally placed to deliver quickly.

“Caledonia’s Scoping Report comprehensively outlines the options being considered to develop the wind farm and the proposed approach to the project's Environmental Impact Assessment. We have extensive knowledge, experience and relationships in the Moray Firth, and we look forward to engaging with the individuals, organisations and communities who have an interest in the project.”

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