The EDF Group, a joint subsidiary of EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, has purchased the Neart na Gaoithe (Gaelic for “Strength of the Wind”) 450 MW offshore wind farm project from global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power.
The wind farm is located in the Firth of Forth off the east coast of Scotland and covers 105 km. The total investment required to deliver the project is around £1.8 billion.
“This large-scale new offshore project demonstrates our strong ambition in being a leading global player in the offshore wind industry,” said Bruno Bensasson, EDF Group senior executive president responsible for renewable energies and CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles. “It confirms EDF Group’s wider commitment to renewables in countries where EDF already has a strong footprint, such as the United Kingdom. The project is consistent with the CAP 2030 strategy that aims at doubling EDF’s renewable energy generation by 2030.”
Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Kinsella said, “We are very pleased to be bringing in such an established partner and supporter of the Scottish energy industry in EDF Renewables to this vital infrastructure project for Scotland. The completion of this sale adds to Mainstream’s global track record as the leading independent developer of some of the most significant and complex wind and solar projects across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm has been fully developed by Mainstream, and we are delighted to be handing over this world-class project.”
Added Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF Energy, “This is evidence of our continuing investment and growth in Scotland, where we are the largest generator of low-carbon energy. Our operations contribute £389 million to the Scottish economy every year and we employ more than 2,800 staff and contractors. We supply 144,000 customers in Scotland.”
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