Highland Council Approves West of Orkney Wind Farm Onshore Plans


Scotland’s Highland Council has approved the 2 GW West of Orkney Wind Farm’s onshore application for planning permission in principle.

The council’s North Planning Applications Committee gave its thumbs up earlier this month for the application, which outlines the underground cables and electrical infrastructure required to connect the farm to the national transmission network.

This project aims to commence construction in 2027 and begin generating electricity in 2029. 

It is set to include 125 turbines on fixed foundations, developed by a joint venture comprising Corio Generation, TotalEnergies and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group.

The onshore application provides information on proposed cable landfalls on the north Caithness coast, the project’s substation at Spittal in Caithness and the underground cables expected to extend 25 kilometers and connect to the substation.

“The onshore connection is a vital component of the offshore windfarm and will enable us to export clean electricity to homes and businesses across the country,” says Jack Farnham, West of Orkney Wind Farm development manager. 

“The cables to our substation will all be underground and once installed, the land will be reinstated. We look forward to continuing close engagement with the Caithness community, The Highland Council and all other stakeholders to ensure all aspects of our onshore plans are delivered safely and successfully.”

The final decision on the offshore consent will be made by Scottish Ministers following recommendations by the Marine Directorate Licensing Operations Team, taking into account comments made by statutory consultees.

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