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TotalEnergies and SSE Renewables have announced the first power generation from the Seagreen offshore Wind Farm, located 27km off the coast in Scotland.
In the early hours Monday morning, the first turbine of a total 114 was installed. The 1075 MW farm is expected to be fully operational by the second half of 2023. Seagreen, a $4.3bn project, will be Scotland’s largest offshore windfar and the deepest fixed-bottom windfarm in the world. It is being built in 59m of water depth.
Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice-President Renewables at TotalEnergies, said, “We are thrilled to announce the beginning of power generation in Seagreen, our first offshore wind step in the UK North Sea. This is a significant step forward in TotalEnergies’ offshore activities development. This milestone will directly contribute to our goal of reaching 35 GW renewable electricity capacity worldwide by 2025.”
“Seagreen has reached many milestones in its journey. It is common to talk about important milestones, and Seagreen has achieved several. But to see the turbine turn in the North Sea, and to be able to safely reach first power, is an incredible achievement for all those involved with the project. Seagreen has brought many benefits to the UK supply chain, and the local community and will, once complete, make a significant contribution towards Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” stated Paul Cooley (Director of Offshore Wind at SSE Renewables).
TotalEnergies and SSE Renewables reached an agreement to purchase a 51% share in the Seagreen project. The transaction was completed in June 2020. Seagreen is capable of producing 1075 megawatts (MW). The site, when fully operational, will produce approximately 5 terawatt-hours (TWh), of renewable electricity annually, sufficient to power the equivalent number of 1.6 million homes.