ICOL’s proposed offshore wind farm is located in the North Sea around 15 km off the Angus coastline. The site covers an area of approximately 150 km2 and will consist of up to 72 turbines supported by fixed foundations and substructures.
A network of low voltage electricity cables will be required to connect the wind turbines to offshore substation platforms. Up to two of these platforms will be required to collect the electricity generated by the wind turbines and convert the electricity to be exported to the national grid.
The export electricity cables will be brought ashore at Cockenzie, in East Lothian, where a short section of underground cables will take the power to an onshore substation for conversion to national grid voltage. A further run of cables will lead to the grid connection point at the existing Cockenzie power station substation.
A lease agreement with The Crown Estate is required and will last for 50 years.
The Project Developer
The project is being developed by Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) which is 100% owned by Red Rock Power, an Edinburgh-based company established to invest, develop, construct, own and operate clean energy projects.
The company is owned by SDIC Power Holdings Co. of China. Listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, SDIC Power is engaged in the investment, development, construction and operation of power projects. The company owns a total installed capacity of over 27GW across China, more than 60% of which are renewable energy projects, including hydro, onshore wind and solar.
Red Rock Power has already provided significant investment in Scotland through its 25% stake in the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm which is currently under construction.