Isleburn to build suction anchors for floating wind farm

Thursday, 26 November, 2015 - 11:00

Statoil have awarded Isleburn with a contract for the provision of the suction anchors to the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

Isleburn Ltd. will provide 15 suction anchors to the Hywind floating wind farm project from Statoil. The contract will provide work both in the Highlands and in Aberdeen. The fabrication of the suction anchors will take place in Isleburn’s facilities at Nigg Energy Park, starting in Q1 2016 with delivery in Q1 2017.

“We are very pleased with the contract awarded to Isleburn. The suction anchors represent important components in this innovative project. The Hywind pilot park confirms the UK and Scotland’s position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source,” says Stephen Bull, Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Offshore Wind.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, says: “Isleburn and Global Energy Group have used their experience from the oil and gas sector to be awarded this contract. We continue to work closely with Statoil to ensure that other Scottish companies can also benefit from this project and to learn lessons for the future. We want to position Scotland as a world leader in this area as we look to utilise floating wind technology to unlock the deeper offshore sites.”

Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. Production start is expected in late 2017.

Katharina Garus / Isleburn

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