Moray East is a highly competitive offshore wind project which was granted consent (1,116MW) in 2014 by the Scottish Government.
It is ready to proceed toward construction, only requiring the award of a Contract for Difference (CfD) (the UK Government’s contract to enable the project to sell electricity) to enable it to progress.
CfDs are awarded at auctions held by Government, the second such auction is taking place in summer 2017 in which Moray East is competing.
Moray East was the first part of the Moray Firth Zone to be developed, and the first of the Round 3 projects to apply for (2012) and receive (2014) consent.
Part of this process included an Environmental impact Assessment, which involved extensive consultation with the individual, organisations and communities with an interest in what happens in the outer Moray Firth. The Environmental Statement including all studies carried out is available in the document library.
Moray East Key Facts:
- Consent for construction of up to 1,116MW granted in 2016
- Turbines 6MW – 8MW capacity
- Connection to National Grid at a new substation to be constructed at New Deer in Aberdeenshire via underground cable (planning permission granted by Aberdeenshire Council in 2014)
- Total underground export cable corridor route 86km (52km offshore and 34km onshore)
- Total windfarm Area – 295km2
- Maximum turbine blade-tip height – 204m (669 feet)
- Minimum distance from shore – 22km (13.5 miles)
Reducing the Cost Of Electricity
Since consent was granted in 2014, there have been significant changes, both to technology and to the electricity market in the UK.
When development commenced in 2010, all offshore wind projects were automatically eligible for support under the Renewable Obligations Certificate (ROCs) scheme. This scheme was ended by the 2013 Energy Act, which came into force in 2014 – the same year Moray East was granted consent.
The Contract for Difference (CfD) scheme which replaced ROCs awards contracts to sell electricity by competitive auction – the lowest bidder winning the contract. A CfD is therefore necessary for any project to proceed, as it allows our product – electricity – to be sold.
When the legislation was produced it was expected that auctions would be held annually, the first being in 2014. However the second auction was much delayed. In that time, Moray East has continued to invest so that we can develop the most cost efficient and technically advanced offshore windfarm in the UK .
The second auction is being held in the summer of 2017, and will set not only the price for the electricity generated, but also the size of the project and its delivery year (expected 2021-23). The auction has set a maximum of £105/MWh. This represents a cost reduction of one third in comparison with projects offshore wind projects awarded a CfD in 2014 (£150/MWh)