Beatrice

  • Category: Renewables
  • Energy type: Offshore wind
  • Project type: Project

In February 2009 the partnership of SSE Renewables (75%) and SeaEnergy Renewables (25%), was awarded exclusivity by The Crown Estate to develop the Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scottish Territorial waters.

  • cover an area of 131.5km2
  • located 13.5km off the Caithness coast
  • generate up to 1,000MW of renewable energy
  • consent granted 19 March 2014

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Project information

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is the joint venture partnership formed between SSE Renewables (75%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%). In February 2009 we were awarded an exclusivity agreement by the Crown Estate to develop the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in Scottish Territorial Waters.

The site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank. It is approximately 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. The development site will cover an approximate area of 131.5km².

The site is approximately 11km to the north-east of the world’s first deep water wind farm development – the two-turbine (10MW) Beatrice Demonstrator Project, owned by Talisman and SSE, which has been operational since 2007. 

The wind farm has the potential to generate up to 750MW of renewable energy and bring a range of socio-economic opportunities through construction and operation, helping to create a new industry in the Moray Firth area. If BOWL decides to go ahead with the wind farm, it is expected to support a significant number of jobs during the construction phase, generate long term employment in the Moray Firth area throughout the operational lifetime of the offshore wind farm and create opportunities for local and Scottish businesses which will be easily accessible through SSE’s Open4Business Portal for the Highlands and Islands / Moray. 

Planning Permission in Principle has been granted by Moray Council for our Onshore Transmission Works (comprising of a cable landfall at Portgordon, underground onshore cabling from Portgordon to Blackhillock near Keith, and a new substation at Blackhillock) to connect the wind farm to the National Grid if consented.

Press release

Scottish Government consents Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

19 March 2014


Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), a joint venture partnership formed between SSE Renewables (75%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%), welcome today’s decision by Marine Scotland to grant consent to the £3bn Beatrice offshore wind farm project, situated in the Outer Moray Firth. The announcement marks another positive step in the BOWL project’s development following almost five years of engagement, constructive dialogue, environmental studies, engineering surveys and assessments. BOWL would like to thank all stakeholders and consultees for their input into the development process so far.

The wind farm has the potential to generate up to 750MW of renewable energy and bring a range of socio-economic opportunities through construction and operation, helping to create a new industry in the Moray Firth area. If BOWL decides to go ahead with the wind farm, it is expected to support a significant number of jobs during the construction phase, generate long term employment in the Moray Firth area throughout the operational lifetime of the offshore wind farm and create opportunities for local and Scottish businesses which will be easily accessible through SSE’s Open4Business Portal for the Highlands and Islands / Moray.

The project consent marks a positive step forward for BOWL, and it will now assess how to progress Beatrice over the coming months, taking account of all of the public policy, procurement and other issues that have to be considered before a final investment decision can be made.

Richard Escott, Head of Offshore Development for SSE Renewables, said:

“SSE Renewables and our joint venture partner Repsol are delighted that Marine Scotland has granted consent to the Beatrice offshore wind farm. The project could represent a substantial investment in the Moray Firth region and could bring significant benefits and exciting opportunities to the local economy through construction and operation. BOWL will continue to engage closely with all key stakeholders, including both the UK and Scottish governments, to address the commercial and regulatory challenges and enable what would be an important asset for the UK energy system, Scottish offshore wind industry and Moray Firth communities to progress.”

Ronnie Bonnar, Managing Director of Repsol Nuevas Energias UK Limited, said:

“We warmly welcome the approval of the Beatrice Offshore wind farm by Marine Scotland and view this as a positive step forward for the Scottish offshore wind industry.

“The project could provide the UK with a significant new generation resource, which therefore helps meet the country’s energy security and climate change objectives.”

BOWL Offshore Addendum

In June 2013, we submitted an addendum to the original offshore planning application to include feedback from statutory consultees and advancements in assessment methods for offshore developments. The amendments to the original application, as submitted to the Scottish Government through the Environmental Statement Addendum, are minor with no changes being made to the original layout of the scheme. The changes comprise:

  • An amendment to the size of the footprint of the jack-up vessels that will be used during construction;
  • A slight amendment to the Offshore Transmission Works Corridor; and
  • Changes to the timescales for the installation of the Offshore Transmission Works cable.

The consultation period for the addendum is now closed. For further information on the details of the addendum please download our Non Technical Summary from the “Important documents” section below.