Green Light Sought For 1GW East Coast Offshore Windfarm

Up to 700 jobs could be created in Angus and Tayside

Seagreen has submitted applications to the Scottish Government for consent to build and operate two 525 Megawatt (MW) offshore wind farms in Phase 1 of the Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone. The applications were formally submitted to Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government directorate responsible for marine licensing and planning. Marine Scotland has confirmed acceptance of the applications and the documents will be available for viewing during the public consultation period which runs from October 26th to the 7th December.

The Phase 1 applications are for two separate offshore wind farms, Project Alpha and Project Bravo, located 27km and 38km respectively at their closest points from the Angus coastline. The wind farms would each have a maximum capacity of 525 MW and accommodate up to 75 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure including subsea cables, offshore substation platforms and meteorological masts.

The subsea cables will transmit the power produced by the projects to a landfall point at Carnoustie on the Angus coast. The onshore transmission infrastructure, which will connect the projects from landfall to the grid connection point at Tealing, north of Dundee, will be subject to a separate Town and Country Planning Application to Angus Council planned for early 2013.

Up to 700 jobs could be created in Angus and Tayside, with the possibility that a Dundee port will be developed as a manufacturing hub.

Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone


Seagreen Wind Energy Limited is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) and Fluor Limited, the UK operating arm of Fluor Corporation.

Marine Scotland’s formal consultation period on the applications will run from Friday 26th October 2012 until Friday 7th December 2012. A copy of the applications and accompanying Environmental Statement will be available to view at Seagreen (Waterloo Street, Glasgow), Scottish Government (Victoria Quay, Edinburgh), Angus Council (Market Street, Forfar) as well as Dundee, Montrose, Arbroath and Carnoustie libraries. Representations can be made by email to or by post to The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, PO BOX 101, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB.

 Seagreen is developing the Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone in three phases. The total target zone capacity is 3.5 Gigawatts (GW) making it Scotland’s largest renewable energy project.

 A non-technical summary (NTS) of the application’s Environmental Statement can be downloaded here.

4 Responses to “Green Light Sought For 1GW East Coast Offshore Windfarm”

  • ParaHandy:

    Don’t hold your breath … SSE are suing FLUOR over the alleged failure of half the monopiles FLUOR installed at Gabbard. FLUOR have counter-sued.

    In which case, I can’t quite believe what I’m reading here especially as Technip seem to have been jilted .. SSE must be having an attack of the vapours. This all has a definite bollocks ring about it but who am I to question the great and the good or these evil blood-sucking bunny botherers …

    • admin:

      I think this must have been sorted out as at the beginning of September all 140 turbines at Greater Gabbard were commissioned and are now exporting electricity.

      • ParaHandy:

        I’m fairly sure that is not right. I presume you are repeating what SSE report? Read it carefully again; notice the past tense? SSE have either shut them down or are operating them at or when a reduced safe load is possible. That info is somewhere inside the SSE web site.

        Anyway, even if the farm is running, the revenue lost is £Ms and SSE aren’t going to let Fluor off with it. Of course, Fluor might be SSE’s new best friend; a bit sh1t round there, quite deep 30m and the seabed’s littered with wrecks for what appears, to me anyway, no good reason.

  • admin:

    You may be right – the press release of 29th September which appears everywhere says:

    The Greater Gabbard wind farm, off the coast of Sizewell, is now able to generate 500 megawatts of power through its 140 turbines. (My italics).

    This is of course not the same as is generating/

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