Beatrice Wind Farm

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Beatrice Wind Farm
Wind turbine at Nigg.jpg
5 MW wind turbine under construction for Beatrice at Nigg fabrication yard on the Cromarty Firth
Beatrice Wind Farm is located in Scotland
Beatrice Wind Farm
Location of Beatrice Wind Farm
Location Moray Firth, North Sea
Coordinates 58°7′48″N 3°4′12″W / 58.13000°N 3.07000°W / 58.13000; -3.07000Coordinates: 58°7′48″N 3°4′12″W / 58.13000°N 3.07000°W / 58.13000; -3.07000
Status operational (demonstration)
proposed (commercial)
Commission date 2007
Owner(s) Scottish and Southern Energy
Talisman Energy
Power generation
Primary fuel Wind
Units operational 2 × 5 MW (REpower)
Nameplate capacity 10 MW (Evaluation) (installed)
920 MW in planning (Site 6, Scottish Territorial Waters) (max. planned)

The Beatrice Wind Farm is a wind farm close to the Beatrice oil field in the Moray Firth, part of the North Sea off the east coast of Scotland.

Evaluation project[edit]

Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator Project was a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy and Talisman Energy (UK) to build and operate an evaluation wind farm in the deep water close to the Beatrice Oil field in the North Sea.[1] Built in 2007, with 2 turbines and a total capacity of 10 MW, it was designed to examine the feasibility of creating a commercial wind farm in deep water and a reasonable distance from the shore. The jacket foundation design was developed by the Norwegian company OWEC Tower AS,[2] and fabricated in Scotland by Burntisland Fabrications. The site is 22 km from the Scottish coast and in 45m of water. The project was proposed to last 5 years.[3] All the electricity generated is fed to a nearby oil rig.

Scottish territorial waters award[edit]

In February 2009, the partnership of SSE Renewables and SeaEnergy Renewables, was awarded exclusivity by The Crown Estate to develop the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth just to the north of the existing 2 demonstrator turbines. The development will cover an approximate area of 131.5 km2, consist of 184 turbines and a total capacity of 920 MW.[4] The project is currently in the planning stage with construction starting in 2014 and fully operational by 2017.[5]

UK government contract[edit]

In April 2014, the UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced that the Beatrice Wind Farm would be one of eight projects awarded a “contract for difference” to set the price paid for its power for the next 15 years.[6]

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