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Ministerial visit to Nigg Energy Park for Beatrice offshore wind farm which will boost the UK economy by up to £680m

Thursday 18th August 2016

BOWL is building the 588MW 84 turbine windfarm in the Moray Firth and the joint venture comprises SSE (40% owners), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and SDIC (25%). A recently signed agreement between Beatrice’s turbine supplier Siemens and Global Energy Group, will see the Nigg Energy Park and the Port of Nigg utilised as the main location for offshore construction and marshalling works for Beatrice. Lord Dunlop said the new windfarm would be a major boost for the Scottish and UK economy.

Lord Dunlop said: “I was really pleased to have the opportunity to visit the Port of Nigg site. The Beatrice offshore wind farm will make a huge contribution to the country's energy needs‎, as well as driving technological developments in clean energy.  The site is also an important local employer, offering skilled jobs in a remote part of Scotland.

Paul Cooley, Director of Generation Development at SSE, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Dunlop here to Nigg Energy Park which will play a vital role in delivering Beatrice. “The project will provide almost 900 jobs and up to £680m of UK contracts and we are proud to progress such a flagship project for the Scottish offshore wind industry and the UK’s skilled supply chain. It shows Beatrice will play its part in investing in the critical energy infrastructure we all need.”

Global’s Business Development Director for Renewables, Stephen Thompson said: “We really appreciated Lord Dunlop taking the time to visit Nigg Energy Park and gain first hand information on the BOWL project and its significance to the development of offshore wind in this country.  “With over £45 million invested in Nigg, with additional deep water quayside space, large fabrication facilities and lay down areas, Lord Dunlop was able to see we have the expertise in our people and world class facilities to support SSE and Siemens in the BOWL project and with any other opportunities to support the emerging renewables industry.”

The £2.6bn Beatrice project was given the green light for construction after reaching Financial Close in May 2016.  A number of significant contracts with UK suppliers have been announced since then.

Work for the grid connection at Blackhillock in Moray has already commenced and will get underway for the operations and maintenance facility in Wick in the coming months.  Offshore construction will begin in 2017. The wind farm is expected to become fully operational in 2019. 

Beatrice is expected to bring a range of socio-economic benefits to the local, regional, Scottish and UK economies during both the construction and operational phases. Expected opportunities include job creation, skills training, investment in Scottish ports and harbours, supply chain opportunities and community benefit funding.