Wind power: Final turbine takes its stand in Scotland's largest offshore scheme at Seagreen
The final giant turbine has been installed at Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, a development that will provide enough green power to supply 1.6 million homes when fully operational.
The 220m-tall structure has now taken its place alongside 113 others to complete the Seagreen scheme, located around 17 miles off the Angus coast.
As well as being Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, with a generating capacity of around 5,000 gigawatt hours annually, Seagreen has the deepest fixed-bottom turbines in the world – 58.6m below the surface.
A total of 76 of the windmills, with rotors stretching 164m across, have already been energised at the site.
The £3 billion scheme, owned by SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies, is expected to be in full service soon, once cabling is fitted to link up the newest turbines.
John Hill, Seagreen’s project director, said: “The project has already brought benefits to the local community, the UK supply chain and, once fully operational in summer 2023, it will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s and the UK’s net zero targets.”
Perth-based SSE Renewables is also behind proposals to build an even bigger offshore wind farm in Scotland – Berwick Bank, off the East Lothian coast – which would be the UK’s largest if it goes ahead.
With 307 turbines and a potential capacity of 4.1 gigawatts, it would generate enough renewable power to supply at least five million homes – more than twice the number of households in Scotland.
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