Scotland’s MORL to open consultation for new offshore wind project

6 June 2016 (Last Updated June 6th, 2016 18:30)

Scotland's Moray Offshore Renewables (MORL) intends to open consultation on the construction of an offshore wind project in the Western Development Area of Outer Moray Firth, UK.

Scotland’s Moray Offshore Renewables (MORL) intends to open consultation on the construction of an offshore wind project in the Western Development Area of Outer Moray Firth, UK.

The consultation comes after MORL was awarded development rights by the Crown Estate for the establishment of offshore wind in Zone One (Moray Firth) in 2010.

Owned by EDP Renewables (EDPR), MORL split the site into two areas, an Eastern Development Area and a Western Development Area.

The company developed proposals for the Eastern area first after receiving approval from the Scottish Government for 1,116MW in 2014.

"These proposals can create a pipeline of offshore wind projects in the Moray Firth and associated opportunities for the local economy."

EDPR Offshore director Dan Finch said: "We worked hard to deliver a high-quality project in the Eastern Development Area, with no impediments to its construction.

"All that we need to proceed is a contract, which will enable us to sell power in the reformed electricity market. We look forward to the UK Government announcing the next Contract for Difference (CfD) auction, which will allow us to compete for the contract and let us deliver the project.

"Today we are announcing proposals to develop the Western area of our site to maximise renewable energy generation in the zone, which was allocated to us by the Crown Estate. This can create a pipeline of offshore wind projects in the Moray Firth and associated opportunities for the local economy."