Moray Offshore Renewables targeting Scottish waters for 1,500 MW offshore wind farm

Moray Offshore Renewables aims to install as many as 339 wind turbines in the waters off the northeast coast of Scotland to provide power for up to 850,000 Scottish households.

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Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd. (Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.), a joint venture of EDP Renewables and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK, reports that it has published an Environmental Statement for the Telford, Stevenson and McColl offshore wind farm sites, which lie within the Moray Offshore Renewables site in the Outer Moray Firth off the northeast coast of Scotland. 

According to the report, the company plans eventually to build 500 MW of wind capacity at each of the three wind farm sites, for a total of 1,500 MW in the Outer Moray Firth location. These turbines would provide enough power, says Moray Offshore Renewables, to power nearly 850,000 Scottish homes. All told, the site could comprise up to 339 three-blade wind turbines. 

Only one type and size of turbine will be used within each site, but different types of turbines may be used in different sites. This will allow the project to take advantage of advances in technology as the program progresses. Under one scenario, the project would use 339 turbines ranging from 3.6 to 5 MW in capacity. Under another scenario, as many as 216 7- and 8-MW turbines would be used. Turbine manufacturers were not identified in the report. Water depth is about 65m/213 ft.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015. The project is expected to commence electricity generation as early as 2016, with full commissioning in 2020.