EDPR, Repsol JV submits plans for 1,500-MW wind farm
Aug 31, 2012 - Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd, the joint venture of EDP Renewables and Repsol Nuevas Energias, on Thursday unveiled plans for an up to 1,500-MW wind farm off Scotland's shore.
The project calls for an investment of some GBP 4.5 billion (USD 7.1bn/EUR 5.7bn), according to the plans presented to the Scottish government agency Marine Scotland.
If approved, work on the wind farm is to begin in 2015, with completion expected by 2020. The wind park will cover around 114 sq miles (73,000 acres) near Caithness and consists of 339 turbines, making it the biggest offshore wind farm globally. According to the developers, the wind farm will be able to generate power enough to supply between 800,000 and one million homes.
The proposals have caused backlash from campaigners that claim the turbines would spoil the landscape while there have also been concerns about the impact of the project on the environment.
EDP Renewables is a Portuguese/Spanish company, while Repsol Nuevas Energias is part of Spanish oil group Repsol (MCE:REP).