Following the award of seabed rights from The Crown Estate the development phase for the Moray West offshore wind farm commenced in 2016 with site specific surveys leading to applications for marine and onshore consents. All necessary consents were secured in early 2019.
The offshore export cable circuits will come ashore to the east of Sandend Bay on the Aberdeenshire Coast, approximately 65 km south of the Moray West Site. The cabling will then run for 31km – taking the generated power to the onshore substation at Whitehillock by the A96 and on to the connection point with the National Grid at the Blackhillock substation outside Keith.
In order to develop the project, Moray West has secured a government Contract for Difference (CfD) and a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement. Together, these allow progress to finalising all commercial and contract arrangements to ramp up construction activity through 2022 and 2023.
The project is aiming to be fully operational in early 2025 with an operational life of over 25 years.
Moray West Wind Farm Project Director
As Project Director for the Moray West offshore wind farm I am committed to working with my team to deliver this exciting project that will help us move to a Net Zero economy.
And, as a board member of Scottish Renewables I will lobby for the regulatory and policy environment to accelerate this project and a range of others in Scotland.
With over 15 years of experience in the renewables sector, having started my career in wave and tidal energy before moving into wind energy and electrical manager for the Moray East offshore wind farm, I have the necessary skills and understanding to take the project through commercialisation, construction and into operation.
I look forward to meeting a growing range of stakeholders as the project develops.