SSE bundles Scottish offshore wind projects to form 4.1-GW Berwick Bank

The Beatrice offshore wind park. Image by: SSE Renewables.

September 17 (Renewables Now) - SSE Renewables, a division of energy company SSE Plc (LON:SSE), today said it is combining the Berwick Bank and Marr Bank offshore wind projects in Scotland into one “super” project with a potential capacity of 4.1 GW.

The combined offshore wind development, one of the largest in the world, will be called Berwick Bank Wind Farm. It is located in the North Sea off Scotland’s east coast.

Berwick Bank and Marr Bank were previously known as Seagreen 2 and 3. SSE Renewables renamed them last year to distinguish them from the neighbouring Seagreen 1, which reached a final investment decision in June 2020. The Seagreen sites secured development rights from the Crown Estate in 2010.

SSE Renewables expects that by bundling together the projects it could deliver Berwick Bank Wind Farm more quickly.

The huge project could start producing electricity in the second half of the current decade, making a significant contribution towards Scotland’s net-zero ambition of reaching 11 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The developer says Berwick Bank also represents a multi-billion-pound investment opportunity for the Scottish and UK supply chain. It estimates the combined scheme could generate enough power for over 5 million homes, or double the number of Scottish households.

A planning application for Berwick Bank is expected to go to the Scottish government in the spring of next year, and the project could be construction-ready by 2024.

The project’s website says Berwick Bank is further developed than any current proposals in the ongoing ScotWind offshore wind leasing round.

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