Moray Offshore Renewable Power

Moray Offshore Wind Zone

In 2009, the UK Government undertook its third round of offshore wind licencing.  The Crown Estate identified nine different zones around the UK for the development of offshore wind and invited commercial bids to develop each zone.

In 2009, the UK Government undertook its third round of offshore wind licencing.  The Crown Estate identified nine different zones around the UK for the development of offshore wind and invited commercial bids to develop each zone.

EDPR entered the offshore wind market when the joint venture, Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL), in which it was the leading partner, won the rights to develop offshore wind in Zone 1 (the Moray Firth).

  • Over 22km (ca 13.5 miles) distant from shore – reduces visual impact
  • Outside any conservation-designated area
  • Excellent wind resource (estimated to be 9.75m/s at 90m hub-height)
  • Water depths and ground conditions suitable for jacket foundation technology – already proven in the North Sea.
  • Good access suitable ports and supply chain for construction and operations
  • Outwith shipping routes
  • Access to the strong local skills base required to deliver energy from wind offshore

 

Examination of the zone revealed that there were fewer constraints to development in the east of the zone, which was then split into two, the Eastern and Western development Areas.  This allowed Moray East to be developed first, and development work commenced in 2010.   The constraints in the western development area were as a result of other activities in the area (military and oil extraction).  Those constraints have eased over time, allowing proposals for the development of Moray West to begin in 2016.

 

Moray Offshore Renewable Power Swirl