Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd. says it has submitted applications to the Scottish government for consent to build and operate two 525 MW offshore wind farms in Phase 1 of the Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone.
The applications were formally submitted to Marine Scotland, the Scottish government directorate responsible for marine licensing and planning. Marine Scotland has confirmed acceptance of the applications, and the documents will be available during the public consultation period, which runs from Oct. 26 to Dec. 7.
The Phase 1 applications are for two separate offshore wind farms – Project Alpha and Project Bravo – located 27 km and 38 km, respectively, at their closest points from the Angus coastline. The wind farms would each have a maximum capacity of 525 MW and accommodate up to 75 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure, including subsea cables, offshore substation platforms and meteorological masts, Seagreen explains.
The subsea cables will transmit the power produced by the projects to a landfall point at Carnoustie on the Angus coast. The onshore transmission infrastructure, which will connect the projects from landfall to the grid connection point at Tealing, north of Dundee, will be subject to a separate town and country planning application to the Angus Council, planned for early 2013.
Seagreen is developing the Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone in three phases. The total target zone capacity is 3.5 GW, making it Scotland's largest renewable energy project.