First turbine operational at world’s deepest offshore wind farm

SSE Renewables

THE first turbine has been connected to the grid at what will be Scotland’s largest and the world’s deepest offshore wind farm.

SSE Renewables and its partner TotalEnergies confirmed that the first Vestas turbine out of a total of 114 was commissioned and generating power in the early hours of Monday morning.

The £3 billion project, located 27 kilometres off the Angus coast, will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 1.6 million houses. Its deepest foundation is due to be installed at 59 metres below sea level in December.

Paul Cooley, director of global offshore wind at SSE Renewables, said, “Seagreen has achieved a number of key milestones to date, but to see this turbine turning in the North Sea and to have reached first power safely, is a fantastic achievement for everyone connected to the project. 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.”

Vincent Stoquart, senior vice president renewables of TotalEnergies, 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.”