SSE Renewables has taken a final investment decision to proceed with the 1.1GW Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm, with Total brought on as a joint venture partner.
On 3 June, SSE confirmed the £3bn project, which will be Scotland’s largest wind farm when complete, is to be taken forward. It added that it had entered into an agreement to sell a 51% stake to Total. SSE Renewables will still lead on the development and construction of the project, as well as its operation once complete – expected in 2022/23 – with support from Total.
It added that Seagreen 1 will deliver in three key areas instrumental to the UK building a cleaner, more resilient economy through pursuing a green recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unlocking investment in low carbon infrastructure, creating jobs and building supply chains.
Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Seagreen 1 will create hundreds of jobs while powering millions of homes and helping to cut CO2 emissions, highlighting the key role offshore wind will play in our journey to a net-zero carbon emissions UK economy. The UK has invested more in offshore wind than any other country, is home to the world’s largest wind farms, and already supplies 10% of UK electricity demand – a figure we expect to double by the middle of the decade.”