SSE, Fluor prep for 2019 CfD auction with bigger Seagreen project

Firth of Forth Zone and Site boundaries. Whole map available at www.seagreenwindenergy.com.

June 21 (Renewables Now) - SSE Plc (LON:SSE) and Fluor Corp (NYSE:FLR) are preparing to compete in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in the UK with their joint Seagreen offshore wind project, they said Wednesday.

The next such auction is anticipated in the spring of 2019. The goal is to deliver the project in the early to mid-2020s.

The green light for a 1.05-GW Scottish project of two parts -- Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo -- was granted back in 2014, but the partners are now seeking certain changes to the offshore planning consent. They want to take advantage of advances in wind turbine technology in the last few years to deliver power “at the best value for money for consumers”.

Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd, the 50/50 joint venture between SSE and Flour, this spring requested a variation of the section 36 consents to remove the 525-MW capacity limit for each of the Alpha and Bravo projects. The application shows it would still install up to 75 turbines per site, but it wants to use more powerful machines. Early in 2018, revised plans in public exhibition documentation showed the capacity per site would be increased to around 750 MW, which would take the Seagreen offshore wind project to 1.5 GW.

The wind turbines will be installed some 25 km from the Angus coastline off the outer Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay.

SSE said the Seagreen project team is working hard to develop a competitive bid for the much awaited CfD auction. It is “actively considering supply chain partnerships across all elements of the project.”

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