Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) has sought approval from the Scottish government to develop its 1,000MW Beatrice offshore wind project in the Outer Moray Firth.
The wind farm site lies 13.5km from the Caithness coast and about 11km north-east of the 10MW two-turbine Beatrice Demonstrator Project, the world's first deepwater wind farm development.
The proposed wind farm will have up to 277 turbines, which are owned by SSE Renewables and Talisman.
SSE Renewables managing director Jim Smith said his company looks forward to work with the relevant stakeholders to ensure a positive outcome for the application.
"If the planning application is successful, any final decision to invest in the project is unlikely to be taken before 2014 at the earliest," said Smith.
BOWL said the application is the first of the Scottish Territorial Waters sites to be submitted to Marine Scotland for consideration.
Repsol Nuevas Energias UK managing director Ronnie Bonnar said, "Offshore wind energy will be critical to delivering the UK's energy needs in the coming decades and Repsol is committed to being at the heart of this emerging industry."
Image : The Beatrice offshore wind farm will include up to 277 turbines; Photo: SSE.