The developers of the Beatrice offshore windfarm and politicians in the country say its completion marks the beginning of a new chapter in green energy in Scotland and in offshore wind in particular.
The last of 84 turbines in the Beatrice offshore windfarm was commissioned on 15 May 2019 at what is comfortably Scotland’s largest such project and first commercial-scale project. The project was completed on time and under budget after three years of construction.
It was built by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL), a joint venture development led by SSE Renewables (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Limited (25%).
The final 7-MW Siemens Gamesa turbine was installed in the Outer Moray Firth, around 13 km off the coast of Caithness, bringing the site’s total installed capacity to 588 MW.
Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said, “The last of the 84 turbines being installed on Scotland’s first commercial-scale offshore windfarm is an important landmark for offshore wind in Scottish waters and a fantastic achievement for SSE and its project partners.
“In 2017, the Scottish low carbon and renewable energy sector supported over 46,000 jobs, and generated over £11Bn (US$14Bn) in turnover and, by the end of 2018, some 10.9 GW of renewable capacity had been installed. This represents great progress and the offshore sector will make a growing contribution to mitigating climate change, and we are committed to ensuring that Scotland maximises the economic opportunity of an accelerating transition to a low-carbon economy.
“Projects like the 588-MW Beatrice offshore windfarm will add to what is a growing industry for Scotland, and the project has already supported key supply chain businesses in Scotland, such as Global Energy Group, CS Wind and BiFab, among others.
“Projects such as this also have great potential for further economic benefit and job creation. The Scottish Government is determined to ensure the supply chain and economic benefits of this industry will be fully realised as we see consented sites built and take forward further licensing opportunities to develop offshore wind in Scotland’s waters.”
Red Rock Power chief executive Guy Madgwick said, “Completion of Beatrice signifies the monumental strides the Scottish offshore wind industry has made in recent years and marks the beginning of a new chapter as we prepare to bring 30 GW of clean and affordable wind energy to consumers by 2030. Many of our team were responsible for securing Beatrice in the 2008 leasing round, and so after more than 10 years, we’re delighted to see the development finally come to fruition.”