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Moray East installs last turbine

By Alistair Whitfield

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Scotland’s largest windfarm, Moray East, has today announced it has installed the last of its one hundred turbines at sea.

The final turbine.
The final turbine.

The windfarm began generating when its first few turbines came online in June and has been gradually increasing output as more turbines are firstly installed, then commissioned.

The project should achieve its full 950MW output before the end of the year.

Project director Enrique Alvaarez said: "In the face of unprecedented global conditions we have safely completed the installation of one hundred turbines within the challenging timescale of a single season.

"I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in achieving this milestone safely.

"Just a decade ago, commercial-scale offshore wind generation in water depths of 50m and more was a vision.

"We have not only turned that into a reality, but are generating power at less than half the cost of earlier windfarms in shallow water, close to shore.

"Now we turn to the task of commissioning the turbines and bringing the windfarm up to its full generating capacity – ultimately enough to meet about 40% of Scotland’s domestic electricity needs."

The project commenced in 2010 when development rights were won in the UK’s 3rd round of offshore wind licencing.

The Moray Firth Zone was split into two, Moray East and Moray West. For technical reasons, Moray East was developed first.

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