Multi-Billion Offshore Wind Project Receives Green Light

The Orkney Islands Council’s Development and Infrastructure committee has endorsed the offshore plans for the West of Orkney Windfarm, situated 30 kilometres west of the Orkney Mainland and 25km north of the Sunderland coast. The council reviewed the offshore consent application, expressing support for the project.

First Power Delivery In 2029

The windfarm, developed by Corio Generation, TotalEnergies and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG), aims to install up to 125 turbines with a capacity of around two gigawatts, targeting the first power delivery in 2029.

West of Orkney Windfarm Development Manager Jack Farnham said: “The Scottish Government has a stated ambition to deploy 8-11GW of offshore wind in Scottish waters by 2030. As the first ScotWind project to enter the planning process, securing timely offshore consent from the Scottish Government and onshore planning permission from The Highland Council will be critical if Scotland is to meet this target, which will unlock significant inward investment and with it economic and social benefits to the far north.”

SSE Turbine Installation Delayed On Dogger Bank

SSE has announced delays in turbine installation on Dogger Bank A due to adverse weather conditions and disruptions in the supply chain. The company indicates that full operations may not be achieved until 2025, despite efforts to mitigate the challenges.

While project returns are anticipated to remain unaffected, SSE is collaborating with supply chain partners to improve installations rates. Further updates are expected to be provided in May alongside the publication of FY24 results.

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