SSE Renewables welcomes offshore wind sector deal

Leading offshore wind developer, SSE Renewables, has welcomed the offshore wind sector deal announced today.

SSE Renewables has the largest consented offshore pipeline in Great Britain, the largest offshore market in the world, and has been involved in the development, construction and operation of offshore wind for over 15 years helping to bring long-term jobs and economic development to diverse parts of the country.

SSE Renewables’ Director of Generation Development, Paul Cooley, said: “It is an exciting time for the offshore wind sector which has huge potential to contribute more to the country’s climate change goals.

“We are working to maximise the value of our own pipeline and we welcome the Sector Deal as a long-term mutual commitment from government and industry to help harness the incredible wind resource that our coastlines offer and deliver significant economic opportunities.

“An ambition of at least 30GW of offshore wind capacity is a fantastic start and we believe that we can go further and should aim to build as many offshore wind projects that are needed to help deliver decarbonisation.”

SSE has proven its ability to develop, construct and operate industry leading offshore wind projects including the 504MW Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind farm (SSE share 50%) and the 588MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (SSE share 40%), in some of the most difficult, deepest waters in the UK. Beatrice is due to be completed on time and on budget this Spring.

SSE has a history of engaging constructively with the UK supply chain in all of our renewable projects to maximise the economic benefits. For Beatrice contracts were placed with companies and businesses across the supply chain including CS Wind’s Machrahanish factory for towers, Global Energy Group’s Nigg Energy Park for turbine assembly, JDR Cables based in Hartlepool for array cables, Siemens Gamesa in Hull for blade manufacturing and Wick-based GMR Henderson for the restoration and development of the operations and maintenance base.

This year’s CfD auction presents a fantastic opportunity to replicate these benefits in other parts of the country should SSE’s Seagreen and Dogger Bank projects be successful.