Scottish and Southern Energy, through its renewables development division, Airtricity, has obtained consent from the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management for the construction of the West-Rijn offshore wind farm located in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

According to the company, the West-Rijn wind farm will consist of up to 72 wind turbines with a total potential energy capacity of around 260MW. It is located 40km off the Dutch North Sea coast, approximately 90km from the city of Rotterdam.

The focus will be on the final phase of the development process, securing financial support from the Dutch government through its renewables support mechanism, said SSE.

Paul Dowling, CEO of Airtricity, said: “This is an achievement for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) in particular and for the Dutch wind energy industry in general, being the first offshore wind farm to be consented in the Netherlands for a long time.”

Scottish and Southern Energy is an energy company in the UK. It is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; energy trading; the storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting; and telecoms.