Mainstream Renewable Power has received consent from the Scottish government to build and operate its 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
According to the company, the project represents a capital expenditure investment of around $2.4 billion and has pre-qualified for the Infrastructure UK Treasury Guarantee and European Investment Bank funding. The wind farm will consist of up to 75 wind turbines and occupy an area of approximately 80 square kilometers.
Mainstream has selected preferred balance-of-plant contractors GeoSea and a STDL/Prysmian consortium. GeoSea will design, supply and install the wind turbine foundations, as well as install the wind turbines and the offshore substation. The STDL/Prysmian consortium will design, supply and install the electrical works.
‘Today's announcement is of particular importance for Scotland because it is the first time a wind farm will be built in Scottish waters with the purpose of supplying Scottish homes and businesses with renewable energy," says Eddie O'Connor, Mainstream's founder and CEO. "In fact, it will generate enough green power to supply more than all the homes in Edinburgh.’
The wind farm is expected to start pre-construction activities next year and start generating electricity by 2018.