A £2.6 billion offshore wind farm to be built in the Outer Moray Firth has been given the green light by SSE and its partners.
The 588MW Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (BOWL) is a joint venture between the Big Six supplier (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and SDIC Power (25%).
The project is expected to power roughly 450,000 homes and create more than 890 jobs during construction.
The 84-turbine project was granted consent by the Scottish Government in March 2014 and won an investment contract from the UK Government in May 2014.
Today’s decision signals the green light for manufacturing and construction to begin.
Siemens is to undertake turbine blade construction from its new manufacturing facility in Hull.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said: “This project will provide home grown clean energy boosting skills and creating jobs and financial security for working people and their families in Scotland and across the UK.”
The offshore wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2019.