The EDF Group Acquires a 450 MW Offshore Wind Project in Scotland from Mainstream Renewable Power

Source Press Release
Company EDFMainstream Renewable Power 
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Renewable Energy, Power
Date May 03, 2018

The EDF Group, via  EDF Renewables in the United Kingdom, a joint subsidiary of  EDF Energy and  EDF Energies Nouvelles, has bought the Neart na Gaoithe[1] wind farm project from global wind and solar developer  Mainstream Renewable Power, following a competitive bidding process.

The wind farm will generate up to 450 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, which is equivalent to the annual electricity provision of around 375,000 homes[2]. It is a fully consented offshore wind project which is located in the Firth of Forth off the east coast of Scotland. It covers 105km[2], and has a 15 year Contract for Difference at 140 Euros(corresponding to the indexation of the tariff of £114.39 that was set in 2012 prices), and grid connection agreements in place. This project also benefits from a wind regime among the best in the world.

The total investment required to deliver the project is around £1.8 billion. The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for 2023. In line with the group's usual practice, the project will be open to other investors in due course.

Bruno Bensasson, EDF Group Senior Executive President responsible for Renewable Energies and Chief Executive Officer of  EDF Energies Nouvelles' Group said,  "This large-scale new offshore project demonstrates our strong ambition in being a leading global player in the offshore wind industry. 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.

Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF Energy said, "This is evidence of our continuing investment and growth in Scotland, where we are the largest generator of low carbon energy. Our operations contribute £389m 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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