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 continue to develop our 450 megawatt Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Neart has received all necessary consents and is awaiting the outcome of a judical review in Scotland to further progress.
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.
In Ireland, Mainstream operates its two projects on the west coast, Carrickeeny on behalf of IKEA and Knockaneden wind farm with the Raragh wind farm in the Midlands due to commence construction in early 2016.