It is expected that this offshore farm will be able to generate more than 500 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough for nearly two-thirds of Scotland’s population.
The company stated in a press release that the eleventh turbine of 114 Seagreen turbines has been installed at a depth of about 58 meters, setting a new record. Graham Stuart, the UK government’s energy and net zero security minister, called the turbine’s launch “a remarkable milestone for Scotland and the UK’s offshore wind industry.”
Seagreen began producing electricity in August 2021, and is expected to be fully operational by the summer of 2023. Each of the new bases launched for Seagreen is equipped with a 10-megawatt Vestas V164 turbine that can generate up to 10,000 kilowatts of power under ideal conditions.
After Seagreen becomes fully operational later this year, its 1075-megawatt capacity can produce energy equivalent to 1.6 million homes. The £3 billion offshore wind farm is being developed by SSE in collaboration with French oil and gas company TotalEnergies.
It is expected that this offshore farm will be able to generate more than 500 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to supply clean and sustainable energy to about 1.6 million British households, or nearly two-thirds of Scotland’s population.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO of SSE, claims that Britain has become a global leader in offshore wind power. He wrote in a company statement about the installation of the new turbine:
“This is not only a significant step in completing the project, but also demonstrates our commitment to our innovation and progress at the frontiers of technology.”
SSE, one of the leading renewable energy producers in Britain, intends to invest £12.5 billion by 2026 in projects that will make the transition to a net-zero economy in the UK easier through improvements in transmission methods.