Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm has had its first power generated, 27km off the coast of Angus.
The collaborative project between SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies is expected to be fully operational by 2023 – with 114 turbines manufactured by Vestas, producing 1,075MW of renewable power.
The £3 billion Seagreen project will be the largest of its kind in Scotland, as well as have the world’s deepest fixed bottom – 59 metres below sea level.
TotalEnergies has acquired a 51% stake in the project, with SSE Renewables owning the rest.
Once fully operational, the site is expected to produce 5TWh of renewable electricity each year – enough to power 1.6 million homes.
Paul Cooley, Director of Global Offshore Wind for SSE Renewables, said: “The project has already brought benefits to the local community, the UK supply chain and once completed, Seagreen will make a significant contribution to Scotland and the UK’s ambitious renewable energy targets.”
TotalEnergies Vice President of Renewables, Vincent Stoquart, added: “We are delighted to announce the start of power generation from Seagreen, our first offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea.
“This marks a new step in the development of TotalEnergies’ offshore activities capacity. This milestone will contribute directly to our objective of reaching 35 GW of renewable electricity capacity worldwide by 2025.”