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2 GW Orkney Offshore wind project (UK) receives construction approval

The local government of Orkney Island in Scotland (United Kingdom) has approved the offshore plans for the West of Orkney wind project being developed by a joint venture composed of Corio Generation, TotalEnergies, and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG). The submitted plans contain technical information about the construction of the plant, the proposed location of 125 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 2 GW, and a comprehensive environmental assessment based on data collected over two and a half years. The project is located at 28 km from the west coast of Hoy and 23 km from the north coast of Scotland, is still subject to final approval by the Scottish Ministers and it expects to start delivering power in 2029. 

Scotland has a 2045 net-zero target and aims to reach 11 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. At the national level, the United Kingdom aims to reach 50 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030 (13.8 GW as of end 2022). 

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