EDF reaches agreement to build new 450MW wind capacity

Construction of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm is now underway following confirmation from EDF Renewables that financial close for the project has been achieved.

Offshore construction of the 450MW project will start in June 2020 and full commissioning expected in 2023.

All of the project’s 54 turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and will be assembled at the Port of Dundee before being sailed to the site and the Scottish engineering firm BiFab will build a number of the foundation jackets.

NnG Project Director Matthias Haag said, “It is a great day and we look forward to working with all the teams on what will be a fantastic project for Scotland and for EDF Renewables. Each of our main contractors will be introduced to further Scottish contractors through the Forth and Tay offshore cluster which we have supported since it was formed this year. It is designed to maximise local supply chain and employment opportunities as much as possible.”

Neart na Gaoithe means strength of the wind, and is certainly a major project, involving up to £1.8bn invested in its infrastructure, with funding from 25 different sources. The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) the Irish state-owned electricity company will be providing 50 per cent of this finance.

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