Beatrice

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

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is the partnership formed between SSE Renewables (50%), Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (25%). The site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. 

 Subject to a positive final investment decision, the 664MW Beatrice offshore wind project, which was consented by Marine Scotland in March 2014, and granted an Investment Contract by the UK government in May 2014, is planned for construction in 2016.

Onshore Electricity Transmission Works
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) submitted a planning application to the Moray Council for the BOWL detailed onshore grid connection works on the 1st of April 2015.

The planning application provides our detailed plans for connecting the wind farm to the national electricity transmission system through underground cables, making landfall at Portgordon before connection via a new substation at Blackhillock near Keith.

BOWL was granted planning permission in principle for the grid connection works by Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee in February 2013, therefore our recent application has been submitted to provide more detailed information on plans for constructing the grid route. For further information on our plans, please download a copy of our Non Technical Summary (NTS).

Hard copies of our full planning documents can also be viewed by members of the public in the following locations:

The Moray Council
Planning Office
High Street
Elgin, IV30 1BX
Keith Library
Union Street
Keith
AB55 5DP
Buckie Library
Cluny Place
Buckie
AB56 1HB



For more information, contact:

Kirstanne McDowall
kirstanne.mcdowall@sse.com
BOWL, c/o SSE Renewables, 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

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Project information

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is the partnership formed between SSE Renewables (50%), Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (25%). The site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. 

Subject to a positive final investment decision, the Beatrice project, which was consented by Marine Scotland in March 2014, and granted an Investment Contract by the UK government in May 2014, is planned for construction in 2016. As well as generating up to 664MW of renewable electricity if constructed, the project is expected to bring a range of socio economic benefits to both the Moray and Highland regions including job creation, skills training opportunities and opportunities for local businesses through SSE’s Open4Business events and online portal

Further details on specific opportunities in each region will be announced as the project makes progress towards construction.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Wick Harbour Authority and BOWL which could see the Beatrice project base its operations and maintenance base at the Harbour during construction and operation of the offshore wind farm.

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.

Press release

Onshore Electricity Transmission Works Public Exhibitions

07 November 2014

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the BOWL onshore transmission works. The onshore transmission works includes the installation of all infrastructure required to connect the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm to the onshore National Grid. The offshore cable is proposed to fall onto land at Portgordon and is expected to connect from there, via underground cables, at Blackhillock substation, near Keith. 

BOWL’s grid connection route was approved in principal in February 2013 by Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee. The PAN provides information on BOWL’s plans to submit a detailed planning application for the route which will be considered by Moray Council once the application has been submitted.

To allow local residents to view the details of the proposal and provide feedback on our plans before the submission of the application, drop-in public consultation events will be held on Wednesday 19th November at Portgordon Community Centre and Thursday 20th November at the Longmore Hall, Keith. For further information please click here.



SSE secures a new partner for Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (BOWL)

06 November 2014

SSE has today agreed to sell a portion of its shareholding in the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm to fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). The terms of the agreement reflect the costs of developing the project to its current stage.  This sale aligns with SSE's strategic review of its offshore wind portfolio in March 2014 and secures an additional strong partner to take the project forward to a Final Investment Decision. After the acquisition, SSE will own a 50% share of the BOWL project, CIP will own 25% with Repsol maintaining its ownership of the remaining 25%. 


Brian McFarlane, BOWL Project Director said:

"The Beatrice project has continued to make significant progress since our review of offshore development projects in March this year, achieving consent and securing an Investment Contract from the UK Government. Whilst there is still a significant amount of work to be done, this latest milestone allows the project to continue progressing towards a Final Investment Decision in 2016. We will be working closely with Repsol, CIP and our supply chain partners, to further reduce costs and refine the development and construction programme."



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.”