Edinburgh, 8 September 2022

Offshore Works Commence with Site Surveys

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Work on the Caledonia Offshore Windfarm starts on-site this week with the ocean surveys necessary to design the facility.

Ocean Winds won development rights for the Caledonia site, which neighbours the company’s Moray East (operational) and Moray West (under construction) windfarms in January as part of the ScotWind process.

Ocean Winds has contracted Gardline to undertake a one-month (weather dependent) sea-bed survey campaign in the ‘Ocean Endeavour’, which sailed from Aberdeen on Monday night.

The £1.6m survey will collect the geophysical data necessary to enable planning, layout and design of turbines and selection of optimal foundations for the site and will enable the necessary environmental assessment to be undertaken.

Mark Baxter, Project Director for Caledonia said: 

“The first activity on site is an exciting milestone for any project.  Having been awarded the site in January, we are following an ambitious timeline to bring Caledonia on-stream as quickly as possible to meet the shortage of low-carbon energy which is underlying cause of the current energy crisis”.

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Notes to Editors

About Caledonia Offshore Windfarm 

  • ScotWind Site designation NE4, awarded to Ocean Winds in January 2022
  • 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.

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