Pentland floating offshore wind farm onshore infrastructure granted planning permission in principle

Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (PFOWF) has been granted planning permission in principle from the Highland Council for its onshore infrastructure, paving the way for the development of export cables and an onshore substation near Dounreay.
Pentland floating offshore wind farm onshore infrastructure granted planning permission in principle
Floating offshore wind turbine. Wikimedia Commons.

The infrastructure will feed power from the wind farm into the existing grid network. The announcement follows the Council’s North Planning Committee confirming in December 2022 that it raises no objection to PFOWF’s offshore application – this came as part of Marine Scotland’s consultation process. The project is targeting commencing construction at the end of 2023, with the wind farm fully operational by 2026.

“We welcome the Highland Council’s decision to grant the onshore planning permission in principle for Pentland” said Richard Copeland, Project Director. “The project will be the blueprint to advance the deployment of large-scale floating offshore wind in the UK and globally, so this a significant milestone for us as a project and for the industry generally. As the pipeline of floating offshore wind projects continues to grow, so will the need for a skilled green workforce. Pentland offers a prime opportunity to build this capacity by supporting the creation of up to 1,300 full time equivalent supply chain roles during construction and 85 during operation. We also expect Pentland to deliver lifetime expenditure of £419 million in the UK which is in line with our 40-60 percent lifetime UK content aim. This will see the project offer essential work to nurture domestic floating wind technology expertise as well as green skills development.”

Located 7.5 kilometres off the coast of Dounreay in Caithness, Pentland will generate 100 MW making it capable of providing clean energy to almost 70,000 homes, equivalent to 65 percent of those in the Highland Council area.

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