May 15 (Renewables Now) - SSE plc (LON:SSE) said today that offshore construction has been concluded at the 588-MW Beatrice wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland with the commissioning of the last turbine.
First power from the huge power plant off Caithness was exported to the grid in July 2018. Now all 84 turbines of the Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 model are in place. Beatrice’s annual power generation is estimated to be enough to meet the demand of more than 450,000 households.
The offshore wind farm is the largest globally to rely on jacket foundations, SSE pointed out. Each jacket weighs roughly 1,000 tonnes. The project also has the deepest water fixed foundations of any wind farm build up to now, installed in water depths of more than 56 metres.
SSE has a 40% stake in the project company Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), while Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and SDIC Power Holdings Co Ltd’s (SHA:600886) Red Rock Power hold stakes of 35% and 25%, respectively.