Building Scotland's largest offshore wind farm
The Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is located 27km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea.
A joint venture between TotalEnergies (51%) and SSE Renewables (49%), Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest and the world's deepest offshore wind farm when complete.
The Seagreen offshore wind farm was consented with permission granted to install 150 offshore wind turbines.
114 offshore wind turbines are currently under construction with an installed capacity of 1,075MW and will be fully operational by early 2023. The power generated will be exported to the grid via a new substation at Tealing near Dundee.
The 114 Seagreen wind turbines will provide enough green energy to power more than 1.6 million homes, equivalent to two-thirds of all Scottish homes. They will also 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*.
The remaining 36 offshore wind turbines are consented but not yet constructed. The power will be exported to the grid via Cockenzie, East Lothian. Information relating to this connection can be found here.
In January 2022 we submitted a Screening Report to Marine Scotland to increase the size of the 36 consented turbines. You can find out more about this Screening Report by clicking here.
A joint venture partnership
Seagreen is a 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 Q3 2022 with the offshore wind farm expected to enter commercial operation in Q2 2023.
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.
The Seagreen Operations and Maintenance base at Montrose is complete and was constructed by local Angus contracting firm Pert-Bruce who included a number of apprentices in its workforce as part of the works. The building was formerly in use in Aberdeen and the radio mast was formerly in use at another offshore wind farm development.
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.
Project Overview - December 2021
Steven Reid, Project Manager, took some time out to talk about the project and show some of the progress made so far.