EDinburgh, 3rd October
Caledonia Offshore Wind Farm Issues Scoping Report for Consultation
Caledonia Offshore Windfarm has submitted its first major public document, the Offshore Scoping Report, to Marine Scotland.
The report outlines the technologies under consideration for developing the 2GW offshore wind site
in the Moray Firth (429km2 designated NE4 in the ScotWind process). The report also details the
work that will be undertaken for the Environmental Impact Assessment which will support the
planning application for the project, which is expected to be made in 2024.
Once fully commissioned (expected in 2030), Caledonia will double the Moray Firth’s ability to
supply low-cost, low-carbon electricity – with expected capacity meeting the average electricity
needs of around two million homes.
Caledonia Project Director Mark Baxter commented:
“The ScotWind seabed allocation took place at the beginning of the year, and I am pleased that,
after just nine months Caledonia is one of the first projects to publish its scoping report – marking an
important early milestone in project development.
“The urgent need for new generation, low-cost energy capacity in the UK and Scotland has been
prioritised by Governments, and Caledonia is ideally placed to deliver quickly.”
“Caledonia’s Scoping Report comprehensively outlines the options being considered to develop the
wind farm and the proposed approach to the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment. We have
extensive knowledge, experience and relationships in the Moray Firth, and we look forward to
engaging with the individuals, organisations and communities who have an interest in the project.”
The Scoping Report can be downloaded here and is open to consultation, with a series of public events being held in November:
- Wick (7th Nov)
- Fraserburgh (9th Nov)
- Buckie (10th Nov)
Notes to Editors
About Caledonia Offshore Windfarm
Operational in 2030, the 2GW Caledonia development will mark two decades of continuous investment by
Ocean Winds in the Moray Firth, providing opportunities for local growth.
With expected capacity of 2GW, Caledonia is expected to double the capacity of the Moray Firth and will be
capable of supplying around two million homes with green, low-cost electricity.
The site was award to Ocean Winds under the Scottish Government’s ScotWind process and will join Moray
East and Moray West as the company’s third offshore wind farm in the UK.
- Site area 429km2
- Water depths: 40 – 100m
- Expected capacity – 2GW
- Expected to commence generation – 2030
About Ocean Winds
Oceans Wind (OW) is an international company dedicated to offshore wind energy and created as a 50-50 joint
venture, owned by EDP Renewables and ENGIE. Based on our belief that offshore wind energy is an essential
part of the global energy transition, we develop, finance, build and operate offshore wind farm projects all
around the world.
When EDPR and ENGIE combined their offshore wind assets and project pipeline to create OW in 2019, the
company had a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development. OW has been adding rapidly
to that portfolio and is now on a trajectory to reach the 2025 target of 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation, or
construction, and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development. In 2022, OW’s offshore wind gross capacity already
reaches 14.6 GW.
OW, headquartered in Madrid, is currently present in 8 countries, and primarily targets markets in Europe, the
United-States and selected parts of Asia, from where most of the growth is expected to come.