December 5 (Renewables Now) - The Scottish government has cleared an application by EDF Renewables UK to change the turbine design for its up to 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project in the Firth of Forth.
The company, part of France’s EDF Group, said on Tuesday that it has secured consent to reduce the overall turbine number, using only 54 turbines instead of the originally planned 75 machines. The individual capacity of the machines under the new proposal will be higher and will not affect the total capacity of the project. The tip heights of the machines will be up to 208 metres (682 ft) above sea level.
EDF Renewables acquired the GBP-1.8-billion (USD 2.29bn/EUR 2.02bn) Neart na Gaoithe project from developer Mainstream Renewable Power in September and expects to bring it online by 2023. Once up and running, the wind farm will be capable of producing enough electricity for up to 375,000 homes per year. It already has grid-connection contracts in place and a 15-year Contract for Difference (CfD) at a rate of EUR 140 (USD 158.7) per MWh.
EDF Renewables said that the project will soon be open to other investors, in line with its “usual practice.”
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