Neart na Gaoithe (NnG)

Offshore Wind Farm

The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm will be located 15.5 km off the Fife coast and covers an area of approximately 105 km². EDF Renewables UK acquired the project in May 2018 as part of a competitive bidding process. ESB purchased a 50% stake in the project in November 2019.


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Project Timeline

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  • 2008

    2008

    Site Selection.

  • 2009

    2009

    The exclusive rights to develop the NnG offshore wind farm in Scottish Territorial Waters were awarded.

  • 2010

    2010

    The agreement to connect NnG to the National Grid was signed.

  • 2011

    2011

    Agreement for Lease with Crown Estate Scotland.

  • 2012

    2012

    The original consent application was submitted to Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT). This application was a major milestone towards delivering the project.

  • 2013

    2013

    NnG reached a significant milestone when East Lothian Council (ELC) granted planning permission for the onshore works required to connect the 450MW wind farm to the national grid.

  • 2014

    2014

    Original offshore consent received from Scottish Ministers.

  • 2015

    2015

    NnG successfully won a Contract for Difference (CfD) from the UK Government through a highly competitive auction.

  • 2016

    2016

    The RSPB’s concerns were initially upheld in a decision of the Outer House of the Scottish Court of Session.

  • 2017

    2017

    The initial decision was appealed by Scottish Ministers and the Inner House ultimately overturned the original decision, resulting in the reinstatement of the consents clearing the way for NnG to proceed to the construction phase.

  • 2018

    2018

    Scottish Ministers granted consent for NnG to be constructed using higher capacity turbines, generating the same 450MW output but using 54 instead of 75 turbines. EDF Renewables UK acquired NnG.

  • 2019

    2019

    A dedicated office is opened in Edinburgh for the growing NnG project team who will build the wind farm. NnG achieves financial close meaning construction can start on the project.

  • 2020

    2020

    Offshore construction gets underway at the site of NnG, 15,5km off the Fife coast.



NnG is jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB.
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