Scotland’s biggest wind farm was opened yesterday by the Duke of Rothesay in Wick, in the north-east of the country.
During a visit yesterday, Energy Voice spoke to Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm’s lead marine coordinator, John Bray.
Located eight miles off the Caithness coast, the 84-turbine wind farm is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scottish history and currently the fourth largest offshore wind farm in the world.
However, during the visit it was difficult to see the scale of the project due to the north-east of Scotland’s famous “haar”.
Haar is a sea fog that drifts inland from the North Sea.
The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project is a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Limited (25%) with development, construction and now operation led by SSE Renewables.
Totalling £2.6 billion, SSE Renewables claim that upon completion the project came in £100 million under budget.
Each of the 84 turbines stand taller than the London Eye, at 188metres from sea level to blade tip.