Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm

The 1,075MW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is located 27km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea firth. A £3bn joint venture between TotalEnergies (51%) and SSE Renewables (49%), Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest and deepest offshore wind farm when complete.

The project secured a 15-year CfD contract in 2019, for 454MW. The project reached Final Investment Decision on 3 June 2020 and will built out to 1,075MW capacity (up to 114 turbines).

Seagreen will provide enough green energy to power more than 1.6 million homes, equivalent to two-thirds of all Scottish homes. Seagreen will displace over 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from electricity generated by fossil fuels every year – similar to removing more than a third of all of Scotland’s annual car emissions and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition by 2045*.

SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the joint venture project, supported by TotalEnergies, and will operate Seagreen on completion. First power is expected by early 2022 with the offshore wind farm expected to enter commercial operation in 2022/23.

Delivering economic benefit

Seagreen is delivering significant economic benefit to Scotland and the UK. The low carbon project is powering a green, economic recovery and supporting high value green jobs in Scotland, including direct, contractor and supply chain roles.

Seagreen will support 141 skilled jobs at Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg in Tain near Inverness, Scotland associated with the marshalling, storage and logistics for 114 wind turbine foundations destined for the offshore wind farm.

Foundation installation at Seagreen is expected to commence in the second half of 2021 and last for a period of 12 months. After jacket foundations are installed, Vestas V164-10 MW turbines will be positioned on each of the 114 bases.

The 141 peak construction jobs will include work for 93 permanent roles already on-site as well as the creation of an additional 48 new roles at the port, delivering a green jobs boost to the Scottish Highlands. Recruitment for the new roles at Port of Nigg will begin in Spring 2021 and opportunities will be advertised on Global Energy Group’s recruitment and social media channels.

Up to 30 new jobs are being created with local Angus contracting firm Pert-Bruce on the construction, currently underway, of the Seagreen Operations base at Montrose Port. Pert-Bruce is committed to having 10% of its total workforce as apprentices, including apprentices who are on-site for Seagreen with the Pert-Bruce construction team.

When completed Seagreen's Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base in Montrose Port will bring investment and jobs to the local area for the 25-year life of the project. The O&M base in Montrose will be home to up to 120 full-time operational roles including up to 60 Vestas personnel working to maintain the wind farm’s turbines both from the O&M base and on offshore service operations vessels. Vestas will service and maintain the wind turbines for a period of 15 years.

Supply chain opportunities

Seagreen is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Scotland, bringing a wealth opportunity for businesses of all sizes across a wide range of disciplines and will support a significant number of jobs during construction and through its operational life.

The project's owners, SSE Renewables and Total, and the project’s Tier 1 suppliers, aim to utilise as many local, Scottish and UK based suppliers where reasonably possible during all stages of the development.

Supply chain opportunities exist throughout the ongoing development phase and will, subject to the relevant consents and a positive Financial Investment Decision, ramp up significantly through the construction phase which is likely to be in the region of three years.  There will be significant opportunities throughout the long-term operational phase which is typically for 25 years.

About Seagreen wind farm
LocationLocated in the Firth of Forth, Seagreen is at its nearest point over 27km from the Angus Coastline.
OwnershipSSE Renewables (49%) and Total (51%)
Proposed MW capacity1075MW
Contact / / 0141 224 7192
Status:Tealing Substation is currently under construction with works having commenced in March 2020.

Two live planning applications (Matters Specified) are currently with Angus Council for works along the 19km cable route which runs from landfall at Carnoustie to Tealing.  Works due to commence imminently thereafter if a positive decision is given through Angus Council Planning Committee.

*1.62 million homes powered per annum based on Typical Domestic Consumption Values (Medium Electricity Profile Class 1, 2,900kWh per household; OFGEM, January 2020), typical 50% wind load factor, and projected installed capacity of up to 1.1GW. Two-thirds of homes in Scotland based on Household Estimates Scotland 2019 (National Records of Scotland, June 2020). Quoted 2.23m t/CO2 reductions per annum based on expected annual output against average 446 t/CO2 per GWh (BEIS Digest of UK Energy Statistics, July 2020). Quoted removal of cars based on projected annual carbon abated and calculated against recorded average of 5.89m t/CO2 by cars on roads in Scotland in 2017 (Carbon Account for Transport 2019, Transport Scotland).