Scottish North Sea wind farm to resume construction after Covid-19 stoppage

A £2 billion Scottish wind farm development is to resume construction after the project was halted following the coronavirus pandemic. Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Irish firm ESB, stopped construction in March. Project boss Matthias Haag announced last night the 54-turbine wind farm would restart construction this week. Located off Scotland’s east coast, it was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) in 2015 and will look to generate enough energy to power 375,000 homes.

It is expected to create around 500 jobs while also delivering £540 million to the local economy.

Mr Haag, NnG project director, said the wind farm build would resume with a small, staggered workforce return in line social distancing rules.

He added: “Initially, we will only have a few people on site to put in place control measures so the rest of the team can start work safely later that week.

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“Once that’s happened we will have a reduced workforce on site, including essential supervisory staff.

“The arrangements we have put in place will be under regular review as we continue to closely monitor Covid-19 and follow the Scottish Government’s guidance.”

NnG wind farm, a 54-turbine projects, was due to begin full offshore construction in June 2020 before the Covid-19 outbreak.

EDF Renewables sold half of the NnG project to Irish firm ESB in November last year.

The first initial payment was understood to be around £50 million.