A planning application is expected to be submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission this year, with a decision expected in 2012. A grid connection for the wind energy project was secured with National Grid in 2009.
Paul Dowling, Chief Executive of SSE’s renewable energy development division, SSE Renewables, said: "Harnessing the power of offshore wind turbines will enable the UK to generate significant amounts of clean energy from a totally renewable source. It therefore meets the country’s energy security and climate change objectives.
"SSE is committed to becoming a major participant in the offshore wind market, and our current projects and success in securing development rights from The Crown Estate underline this. Galloper wind farm is an excellent addition to our portfolio of renewable energy development opportunities."