SSE ups offshore wind ambition

8 October 2018

SSE has taken full ownership of Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, developer of a large offshore wind energy zone off the east coast of Scotland. 

SSE already owns half of Seagreen Wind Energy and announced that it has purchased the remaining 50 per cent from Fluor Ltd. It says that the acquisition marks “another milestone in SSE’s offshore wind journey” and “aligns with SSE’s ambition to create value from owning, operating and developing clean energy assets and infrastructure”.

Seagreen is currently seeking amendments to the consent for its Alpha and Bravo projects to take advantage of the developments in wind turbine technology that have occurred since consent was granted in 2014. 

The new proposal would see fewer, larger, higher capacity wind turbines and the inclusion of monopiles as a foundation option. A maximum of 120 turbines would be developed across the Alpha and Bravo areas with a potential capacity of approximately 1500 MW.

SSE says it is focused on preparing the Alpha and Bravo projects for the UK’s next contracts for difference auction, schedule for 2019.

Seagreen Wind Energy won the rights to develop the Firth of Forth zone in the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme. The zone covers an area of 2852 km2 in the outer Firth of Forth and has the potential for up to 2.45 GW of capacity to be developed.

SSE has a 25 per cent share in the Walney offshore wind farm and a 50 per cent share in the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm. It is actively developing offshore projects at Dogger Bank, and holds a development option at Arklow Bank in Ireland. 

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