TotalEnergies makes 2-GW wind bid off Scotland
TotalEnergies, Macquarie's Green Investment Corp and Scottish developer RIDG have filed a bid to build a 2-GW wind farm west of the Orkney islands off Scotland, the French oil and gas major reported on September 29.
The consortium has carried out extensive site investigations, TotalEnergies said, including local wildlife and geophysical studies. The group has finalised a grid connection agreement with National Grid, enabling the start of power generation in 2029.
TotalEnergies wants to see renewables and electricity account for 40% of its sales by 2050. It boasts a current power generation capacity of around 12 GW, including 7 GW of renewable generation, and wants to take this up to 35 GW by 2025 and 100 GW by 2030.
Scotland, meanwhile, is targeting net-zero emissions by 2045 – five years earlier than the rest of the UK – and is counting on a rapid expansion in wind power generation to reach this goal.