Mainstream’s activities in Europe have been focused on offshore wind development in the UK, Scotland and Germany and onshore developments in Ireland.
Mainstream’s success in offshore wind is widely acknowledged. Our Scottish team developed the 450 megawatt Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm which was sold to EDF Energy in May 2018. The team received both onshore and offshore consent for the projects as well as a 15-year inflation-linked CfD for the project.
Our project off the East Coast of England, the 4 gigawatt Hornsea zone was developed by SMart Wind – a joint venture between Mainstream and Siemens. In 2010, it won The Crown Estate’s Round 3 tender to develop the zone. The project reached a number of milestones including consent for Project One (1,200 megawatts) and the delivery of the very successful SMart Futures schools programme. In February 2015, DONG Energy bought 33% of the Hornsea zone and in August 2015 they exercised the right to purchase the remainder of the Hornsea zone.
In Germany, while there is no political will for offshore wind, our Horizont project in the North Sea will not be developed any further.