through renewable energy
...which was granted consent (1,116MW) in 2014 by the Scottish Government. In 2017 it won a 950MW contract for difference at competitive auction which set the price of power generated at £57.50 per MWhr, and will be delivered early in the next decade.
of CO2 can be saved over the lifetime of our offshore wind farm. Offshore wind farms have the advantage of accessing higher wind speeds and mitigating the main concern of wind turbines. The Moray East wind farm will join one of very few, large scale wind farms in Scotland, and be able to power approximately one million homes. This will save a large amount of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year when compared to gas fired power plants.
The electrical power generated by the wind turbines will be collected offshore via buried inter-array cables to three offshore substations where the electricity is stepped up in voltage and exported onshore via three export cables. The onshore cables entering the substation of New Deer will further regulate the voltage to transmission level and to transmit the 950MW of electricity onto the National Grid network. The national grid is a transmission system for electricity, where it gathers electricity from a power station to homes and businesses in the UK.
Moray East is being developed to provide a secure and reliable source of energy without creating gasses associated with global warming, and without producing nuclear waste.
For the purposes of electricity trading, the 950MW facility is divided into three Balancing Mechanism units (BMUs) – each associated with an offshore substation platform.
The dates for expected generation for each are:
Circuit / BMU 2 – Early June
Circuit / BMU 3 – Mid July
Circuit / BMU 1 – End August
Of Scotland's electricity will be provided
Million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved every year
Thousand homes throughout the UK could be powered
Kilometers of cabling will be installed across the site