Moray West faces CfD setback but says project still viable

Offshore wind turbines. Source: LICengineering (www.liceng.dk).

September 23 (Renewables Now) - Although it was not on the list of winners in the UK’s third contracts for difference (CfD) auction, the roughly 800-MW Moray West offshore wind project remains viable, its developers announced.

Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal SA (ELI:EDP) and French peer Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) said on Friday they will proceed with the project development with the aim of bidding in the next CfD auction round in 2021.

During the latest CfD allocation round, offshore wind projects of almost 5.5 GW secured support. The main winners were Innogy SE, SSE plc (LON:SSE) and Equinor (FRA:DNQ). The Moray West joint venture (JV) was one of the eight offshore wind competitors, placing bids on a range of scenarios.

The Moray West project, which was awarded a marine licence this summer, will be built 22.5km (14 miles) off the Caithness coast as a sister site of the 950-MW Moray East wind farm, whose 100 MHI Vestas 9.5-MW turbines are planned to become operational in 2022. The follow-on project will feature up to 85 turbines.

If successful in the 2021 CfD auction, construction of the project will be launched in 2024, the developers said.

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