(Boursier.com) — Ocean Winds joint venture ofEngie, owned 50/50 with EDPR and dedicated to offshore wind power, has obtained the rights to develop new offshore wind energy production capacity in Moray Bay in Scotland.
This award comes as part of the ScotWind tender process led by Crown Estate Scotland (CES). This call for tenders was launched by the Scottish government in the summer of 2021, as part of the development of offshore wind energy production in new maritime areas. This is the first time in 10 years that new sites have been opened for offshore wind power in Scottish waters.
These rights apply to a site of 440 km2, referenced ‘NE4’ by the Scottish Navy. This area will be able to accommodate facilities with a capacity of around 1 GW. Its commissioning will take place by the end of the decade, positioning Ocean Winds as the leader in the Scottish offshore wind market, with an active contribution of around 2.9 GW compared to the 40 GW that the United Uni has set itself a goal of 2030.
The site’s output is expected to meet the needs of more than one million UK households on average.
Dubbed “Caledonia” by Ocean Winds, the site is in Moray Bay, to the east of the Moray East offshore wind farm (950 MW), Scotland’s largest wind site, being developed by Ocean Winds and its partners , which is scheduled to come into commercial operation in early 2022, and that of Moray West (850 MW), currently under development.