EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), through its renewables development division, Airtricity, has obtained consent from the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management for construction of the Breeveertien II offshore wind farm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. This follows the consent to develop the West Rijn wind farm obtained last month.
Breeveertien II is the largest consented wind farm in the Netherlands and, once constructed, will contribute to the Dutch national target of 6,000-MW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. It will consist of up to 97 wind turbines with a total potential energy capacity of around 350-MW. It is located in the North Sea, 37 miles (60 km) off the coast of Ijmuiden. The focus will now be on the final phase of the development process, securing financial support from the Dutch government through its renewables support mechanism.
SSE also was recently granted exclusive rights by The Crown Estate to develop offshore wind farms at four locations in Scottish territorial waters at Beatrice, Bell Rock, Islay and Kintyre. The company is also seeking to play a role in The Crown Estate’s plans for a third round of offshore wind farm developments in zones off the coast of the UK.
SSE has already started construction work related to the development in the outer Thames Estuary of Greater Gabbard, a joint venture with RWE Innogy that, on completion, is expected to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a capacity of 500 MW. It also has consent to develop offshore wind farms at Arklow in the Republic of Ireland and Butendiek, Germany, and continues to pursue other options for offshore wind farm development in northern Europe.