The £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore wind farm has been given the green light after owners SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power took their final investment decision.

SSE said the project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.

Offshore construction work on the 84-turbine wind farm will begin in 2017

The 588MW site is due to come online in 2019.

Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind

Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at trade body Scottish Renewables, said: “Beatrice is the first commercial offshore wind farm to reach this stage of development in Scottish waters.

“It’s fantastic that the partners in the project will now be moving ahead with construction.

“Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind resource, and projects like Beatrice are enabling us to capitalise on that in both environmental and economic terms.”

> See SSE's statement