November 28, 2019 / 7:41 AM / 8 days ago

UPDATE 1-France's EDF launches construction of Scottish windfarm

* EDF raises $2 bln via debt markets

* Irish firm NSB to take 50% stake in windfarm (Adds detail and background)

PARIS, Nov 28 (Reuters) - French power group EDF, which has faced criticism in Britain over cost over-runs at the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, said it would build a new Scottish windfarm.

State-controlled EDF said it would start construction of the 450 megawatt offshore Neart na Gaoithe windfarm in the North Sea, off the coast of Fife.

The windfarm, in which Irish power firm ESB will take a 50% stake, would be commissioned in 2023.

EDF, which said it had raised $2 billion via the debt markets, said the offshore windfarm would be its largest in Britain to date

Once operational, EDF said the windfarm would generate enough electricity to power more than 375,000 households each year, or 4% of Scotland’s electricity consumption.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Jon Boyle

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