Meet the developers
Seagreen is a £3bn offshore wind farm development owned by SSE Renewables (49%) and Total (51%).
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the joint venture project, supported by Total, 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.
SSE Renewables is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a net zero future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets.
SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind capacity with over 1GW under development. Its 1,459MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its operational offshore wind portfolio consists of 487MW across two offshore joint venture sites, Beatrice and Greater Gabbard, both of which it operates on behalf of its asset partners.
SSE Renewables has the largest offshore wind development pipeline across the UK and Ireland at up to 7GW, of which around 2.6GW is in construction or consented including Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm.
Along with building what will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm SSE Renewables is currently constructing the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea, a joint venture with Equinor.
SSE Renewables is a Principal Partner to the UK Government in the run up to and during the COP26 UN climate summit in November 2021.
Total is a global energy major employing over 100,000 people with operations in over 130 countries worldwide. Total's ambition is to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To achieve this they are building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that could account for up to 40% of their sales by 2050.
By the end of 2020, Total’s gross power generation capacity worldwide was around 12 GW, including close to 7 GW of renewable energy. Their objective is to reach 35 GW of production capacity from renewable sources by 2025 and to increase that figure further to around 100GW by 2030. This commitment will see Total transform into a world leader in renewable energies.
In the UK, Total is one of the largest traditional offshore operators. Employing around 1,000 people in Scotland, they have significant experience in successfully delivering complex projects in the harsh conditions of the North Sea. Over the last five years, Total has averaged £564m in investment a year in Scotland with recent projects including the £4bn Culzean development that was completed with 52% local content. Total is using its North Sea heritage to develop offshore wind projects in the UK which includes its majority stake in Seagreen, a majority stake in the 96MW Erebus floating offshore wind project in the Celtic Sea off the coast of Wales.
Total has recently been awarded licenses worth potentially 1.5GW in the English and Welsh offshore wind licensing round.
Ten years of development
In 2010, the Crown Estate awarded Seagreen Wind Energy Limited the exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK's Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme.
The Zone, located over 27km from the Angus coastline, covers an area of around 2,850Km2 in the outer Firth of Forth.
Seagreen has since worked closely with stakeholders and undertaken extensive surveys and assessments to develop a number of projects within the Zone. The Zone is being developed in two distinct phases:
Phase One - Up to 1.5GW in the northern area of the Zone which will become the Seagreen offshore wind farm.
Phase Two - Berwick Bank and Marr Bank wind farms (formerly known as Seagreen 2&3). These wind farms are in development and more information can be found by clicking here.
Scottish Ministers gave consent for the development of Seagreen in October 2014.
The electricity generated by Seagreen will be delivered to a new onshore substation at Tealing (near Dundee) via subsea and underground cables for onward transmission on the national electricity transmission system.
The location and layout of the Seagreen offshore wind farm has included extensive assessment taking into account the potential impacts on marine wildlife, bird populations and landscape and visual.
The map shows the location of Seagreen in the northern area of the Firth of Forth development Zone.
This map shows the position of Seagreen in relation to other offshore consented wind farm developments.
This map shows the export cable route from Seagreen to the Tealing substation.
The electricity generated by Seagreen will be transmitted to the substation via subsea and underground cables.