UK Leasing

BP and EnBW choose marshalling port for 2.9GW offshore wind project in Scotland

July 14 (Renewables Now) – British oil and gas group BP Plc (LON:BP) and German power utility EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG (ETR:EBK) have chosen the port of Leith as their assembly port for their 2.9 MW Morven wind project in Scottish waters.

The parties have entered into a reservation and collaboration agreement with Forth Ports, the operator of Scotland’s largest closed deep-water port, announced on Wednesday.

As announced last year, Forth Ports will spend some £50m ($59.8m/€59.2m) to create a renewable energy center on a 175-acre site at the Port of Leith . The plan envisions the creation of a marine berth capable of accommodating the largest offshore wind installation vessels in the world. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.

The Morven wind farm will be installed in an area for which BP and EnBW secured a lease option as part of the ScotWind Leasing round earlier this year. The specific area, known as E1, is an approximately 860 km2 (332 sq mi) site located approximately 60 km (37.3 miles) off the coast of Aberdeen.

Once operational, the Morven wind farm will produce enough electricity to power more than three million homes.

“The project investment will support the Port of Leith in its transformation into a renewable energy hub and help position Forth Ports for future Scottish offshore wind projects,” said Richard Haydock, offshore wind project manager at BP.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.195/EUR 1.183)

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