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MHI Vestas secures deal for 1GW-plus Seagreen

MHI Vestas will supply turbines for the full 1GW-plus Seagreen project in the North Sea. It will be Scotland's largest offshore wind farm.

The first 454MW phase of Seagreen is due online in 2022 or 2023
The first 454MW phase of Seagreen is due online in 2022 or 2023

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This story was first published on 17 October 2019, when MHI Vestas was named preferred supplier. It was updated on 2 June 2020 when the manufacturer signed a conditional order for the project, and then again on 15 June 2020 when MHI Vestas signed a firm order for the project.

It has signed a firm order with Seagreen Wind Energy, a development company owned by French oil major Total (51%) UK utility SSE (49%), for the project in the Firth of Forth off Scotland's east coast.

MHI Vestas will supply 114 of its V164-10.0MW turbines delivered in different load-optmised modes to adapt to grid requirements. Seagreen Wind Energy plans to build out the project to 1,075MW.

Seagreen secured a £41.61/MWh (€48/MWh) support deal for a 454MW first phase of its 1075MW Seagreen 1 Seagreen 1 (1075MW) OffshoreFirth of Forth, UK, Europe Click to see full details project in the UK’s contract for difference (CfD) tender in September 2019.

MHI Vestas produces blades for its V164 platform at its factory on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. It also produces blades and nacelles for the platform across the North Sea in Denmark.

SSE became the sole owner of Seagreen having bought out development partner Fluor’s stake in the wind farm in September 2018. French oil and gas major Total then bought a 51% stake in the project in June 2020.

Under the CfD contract, the developers are due to commission the first 454MW phase in 2024/25.

Seagreen is not the only successful project from the UK's third CfD auction taking shape.

In early October, SSE and Equinor selected GE Renewable Energy’s 12MW Haliade-X for their three 1.2GW Dogger Bank offshore wind sites.

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