Building Scotland's largest offshore wind farm
The 1,075MW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is located 27km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea firth.
A £3bn joint venture between TotalEnergies (51%) and SSE Renewables (49%), Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest and deepest offshore wind farm when complete.
Seagreen will provide enough green energy to power more than 1.6 million homes, equivalent to two-thirds of all Scottish homes.
Seagreen will displace over 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from electricity generated by fossil fuels every year – similar to removing more than a third of all of Scotland’s annual car emissions and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition by 2045*.
In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK Government for 454MW, representing 42% of the total project capacity.
We will be building out the project to 1,075MW (114 turbines).
A joint venture partnership
Seagreen is a £3bn offshore wind farm development owned by SSE Renewables (49%) and TotalEnergies (51%).
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the joint venture project, supported by TotalEnergies, and will operate Seagreen on completion.
First power is expected by early 2022 with the offshore wind farm expected to enter commercial operation in 2022/23.
Delivering economic benefit
Seagreen is delivering significant economic benefit to Scotland and the UK. The low carbon project is powering a green, economic recovery and supporting high value green jobs in Scotland, including direct, contractor and supply chain roles.
Seagreen will support 141 skilled jobs at Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg in Tain near Inverness, Scotland associated with the marshalling, storage and logistics for 114 wind turbine foundations destined for the offshore wind farm. After jacket foundations are installed, Vestas V164-10 MW turbines will be positioned on each of the 114 bases.
The 141 peak construction jobs will include work for 93 permanent roles already on-site as well as the creation of an additional 48 new roles at the port, delivering a green jobs boost to the Scottish Highlands. Recruitment for the new roles at Port of Nigg will begin in Spring 2021 and opportunities will be advertised on Global Energy Group’s recruitment and social media channels.
Up to 30 new jobs are being created with local Angus contracting firm Pert-Bruce on the construction, currently underway, of the Seagreen Operations base at Montrose Port. Pert-Bruce is committed to having 10% of its total workforce as apprentices, including apprentices who are on-site for Seagreen with the Pert-Bruce construction team.
Once the offshore wind farm is commissioned, the Seagreen Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base in Montrose will be home to up to 120 full-time operational roles including up to 60 Vestas personnel working to maintain the wind farm’s turbines both from the O&M base and on offshore service operations vessels.
Onshore cable installation
August 2020 - Installation of the onshore cable commences
Onshore cable installation began in August 2020. Significant progress has been made along the c19km cable route from Carnoustie to Tealing.
In August 2021, we reached the significant milestone of pulling the first cables through the newly installed ducts and made this short video to show the process.
You can also read some interesting facts about the cable pulling process here.
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