Owned by EDF Renewables UK, the 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe wind farm will be 15.5 km (9.6 mi) offshore. Water depths for the installation range between 45 and 55 m (148 and 180 ft).
Covering an area of 105 sq km (40.5 sq mi), the wind farm will include 54 8-MW wind turbine generators distributed across 12 array strings, each connected via dedicated 66 kV inter-array cables. The six array loops will be connected to the two offshore substations (OSS), with three array loops to each OSS and an interconnector between the OSSs.
Engineering activities have started.
The project is expected to power about 375,000 Scottish homes, and will offset more than 400,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year, according to DEME Offshore.