April 17 (Renewables Now) - Swedish utility Vattenfall AB is seeking to prolong its operational lease for the 93.2-MW European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Scotland's east coast by three more years.
The state-owned company has lodged an application to Marine Scotland to extend the lease from 22 years to 25 years, it said on Tuesday, adding that a positive decision will give a boost to local jobs and businesses. The application has to be given the nod by Crown Estate Scotland, as well.
The EOWDC wind farm, located in Aberdeen Bay, was put on stream in September 2018. The output of its 11 MHI Vestas turbines, two of 8.8 MW and nine of 8.4 MW, is expected to be enough to cover 70% of Aberdeen’s household power demand, mitigating over 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. The facility, worth over GBP 300 million (USD 392m/EUR 347m), is used as a test bed for innovations in the offshore wind sector.
Vattenfall explained that the goal of the application is to bring the operational lease in line with the design-life of wind farm components. The 25-year period excludes the time needed to decommission the wind farm.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.305/EUR 1.156)