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About Inch Cape

The 1.1 gigawatt (GW) Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, is located in the North Sea, 15 kilometres from the Angus coast on a site covering 150 square kilometres. It will feature up to 72 wind turbines and a single offshore substation. The power it generates will be transported 85 kilometres via export cables to a new substation being built on the East Lothian coast at the site of the former Cockenzie Power Plant. From there it will enter the national transmission network at an existing connection point.

Our story to date

Inch Cape as a concept first came about in 2008 after the site was secured in The Crown Estate’s third offshore wind leasing round auction. The wind farm ownership, design and installed capacity has changed and evolved since that time and the project has been able to take advantage of new technologies and innovations as the wider offshore wind industry has also developed.

Since being awarded its original consent in 2014, Inch Cape has both reduced the number of turbines and increased its proposed installed capacity while retaining its original offshore site. 

In spring 2019, it received approval for a revised wind farm design, opening the door to the adoption of new turbine technology and a reduction in turbine numbers from 110 to up to 72. This significant achievement meant the project could minimise construction time and costs as well as potential environmental impacts.

In summer 2020, Inch Cape secured approval to increase its generation capacity to up to one gigawatt (GW) from around 700 MW. This means the project can utilise the latest technology to maximise wind farm efficiency within the parameters of its existing consent.

The consented project was awarded a Contract for Difference in the 2022 auction round and is now progressing towards full construction. In October 2023, its onshore enabling works were completed in readiness for the main civil engineering works which started in early 2024. The project is awaiting financial close before the start of full construction.

Benefits

  • Represents a £3 billion investment in the UK’s electrical infrastructure
  • Will contribute significantly to the UK Government’s target of 50 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind installed capacity by 2030
  • Constitutes 10% of the Scottish Government’s ambition of 11 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030
  • As at Q1 2024, has already invested almost £220 million with 262 UK companies (nearly £100 million in Scotland with 105 companies Scottish companies)
  • Is set to spend a further (approx.) £700 million with UK supply chain (and create associated direct and indirect jobs)
  • Efficient re-use of a brownfield site in East Lothian (of former coal-fired power station) including existing grid capacity and established transmission infrastructure
  • On track to deliver at least 50% UK content over life cycle of the project
  • Will mean large investment in a new facility in the Port of Montrose and more than 50 long-term skilled local jobs

Opportunities

Inch Cape represents a significant investment in the UK’s energy infrastructure with associated economic opportunities and community benefits. Potential suppliers can register their interest in working with the project and its key contractors via our supplier database.

Owners

Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm is owned by Inch Cape Offshore Wind Limited, an equal joint venture between ESB and Red Rock Power Limited.

Offshore

The offshore site

Onshore

Connecting to the grid

Inch Cape Library

Background information

Inch Cape Offshore Limited

About the project owners