July 30, 2012 — Ireland-based renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power submitted offshore wind consent application for its 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe wind project off the Scottish coast to Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team.
The company aims to start offshore construction works in 2015, with the $2.2 billion project scheduled to reach full operations by the end of 2016.
The proposed wind farm off Fife, eastern Scotland is to consist of between 64 and 125 turbines. When up and running, the facility will produce enough power to supply 325,000 homes, or cover up to 3.7 percent of Scotland's power needs.
The site has been designated by the Scottish government's Strategic Environmental Assessment as suitable for development along with five other sites in the current Scottish Territorial Waters program. Mainstream secured grid connection for the project in 2010, while in 2011 it obtained an agreement for lease from The Crown Estate. The company targets closing financing for the project next year.
A consultation process on the application to Marine Scotland will run to September 10.