Monday, 02 November 2021 09:14

Scotland to host world’s largest floating wind farm

An overview of the Hywind Scotland pilot park

Consent has been granted to create the UK’s first, and world’s largest, floating offshore wind development off the coast of Peterhead.

The Scottish Government has granted Statoil a marine licence, allowing it to develop a pilot park of five floating 6MW turbines, to be located off the coast of Peterhead.

The Hywind Scotland development is expected to have a generating capacity of 135GWh of electricity each year, and could power up to 19,900 homes.

The turbines will be attached to the seabed with a three-point mooring spread and anchoring system, connected with by an inter-array of cables, with an export cable transporting electricity from the park pilot to the Peterhead shore.

Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions, Irene Rummelhoff, said: “Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source. Statoil’s objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential.

“We are proud to develop this unique project in Scotland, in a region that has optimal wind conditions, a strong supply chain within oil and gas and supportive public policies."

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Hywind is a hugely exciting project – in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation – and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm.

“The momentum is building around the potential for floating offshore wind technology to unlock deeper water sites. The ability to leverage existing infrastructure and supply chain capabilities from the offshore oil and gas industry create the ideal conditions to position Scotland as a world leader in floating wind technology.”

Maggie McGinlay, director of Energy and Clean Technologies at Scottish Enterprise, added: “This announcement is fantastic news for Scotland’s renewables industry as a whole, but in particular our growing offshore wind supply chain. We’ve been working closely with our companies to directly link them with Statoil for some considerable time to ensure they are in the best position possible to take advantage of the significant opportunities we know this development will bring.

“This announcement is a clear indication that Scotland’s growing strengths in offshore wind are recognised at an international level, and we’ll continue to work closely with our supply chain to ensure they can capitalise on potential opportunities such as this, both here and overseas.”

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