EDF Renewables has firmed up the supplier list for its 448MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland and announced a new financial partner, as the project moves towards construction. Irish utility ESB has bought a 50% stake in the 54-turbine project 15km off Scotland’s east coast. ESB opened a Scottish office in 2017 to pursue development of renewable energy projects. In mid-November, it also joined hands with Norwegian developer Equinor to investigate offshore wind sites in Ireland. The move to acquire a stake in Neart Na Gaoithe will give it an insight into the intricacies of building an offshore wind project. Elsewhere, EDF has confirmed Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply its 8MW direct drive turbines to the site, having originally been lined up to supply its 7MW model as far back as May 2015. Neart Na Gaoithe has had a protracted development history. It was first picked up by Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power in February 2009 following a competitive bidding process with the Crown Estate. In February 2015, Mainstream secured a 15-year Contract for Difference (CfD) support subsidy for the site with a strike price of £114.39/MWh (€140/MWh), ...