EDP Renewables and Engie’s Ocean Winds (OW) joint venture has delivered first power from the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
OW chief executive Spyros Martinis said: “After a decade of work and co-operation with communities and businesses across the north east of Scotland, first generation is a proud and welcome achievement for all involved and represent one more step of Scotland’s energy transition path.
“But it’s just the start from the first few turbines from our first project, there is much more to come.”
OW chief operating officer Grzegorz Gorski said: “Our mission is to lead the offshore wind into one of the main energy sources by delivering more efficient and sustainable wind energy solutions around the world and Moray East is a clear example of the success and innovation in this arena.”
Ocean Winds UK managing director Dan Finch said: “Ocean Winds has a long-term commitment to the Moray Firth.
“We have knowledge and expertise not just of our industry, but of the Moray Firth, and the diverse communities, industries and enterprises who are our neighbours.
“We have always regarded Moray East as our first project; Moray West is ‘shovel ready’.
“Beyond that, we are delighted that the Scotwind process, which is making new areas of seabed available, will enable us to go on working with enterprises across north-east Scotland to continue the development of offshore wind in the Moray Firth.
“Our commitment to the Moray Firth is long term and we look forward to Moray West and ScotWind which will create opportunities through the next decade.”
Moray East will feature 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines.