Statoil to build floating wind farm

Friday, 6 November, 2015 - 10:30
Hywind is a unique offshore wind technology developed and owned by Statoil. The concept has been verified through six years of successful operation of a prototype installed off the island of Karmøy in Norway. (Graphic: Statoil)
Hywind is a unique offshore wind technology developed and owned by Statoil. The concept has been verified through six years of successful operation of a prototype installed off the island of Karmøy in Norway. (Graphic: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm. The Hywind pilot wind farm will see five 6-MW turbines to be erected off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore from Peterhead. The decision triggers investments of around € 210 million. Compared to the Hywind demo project in Norway, Statoil wants to realize a 60 to 70 % cost reduction per MW. Production start is expected in late 2017.

“Statoil is proud to develop the world’s first floating wind farm. Our objective with the Hywind pilot park is to demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial, utility-scale floating wind farms. This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy, contributing to realising our ambition of profitable growth in renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions,” says Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions.

The pilot park will cover around 4 km2, at a water depth of 95 to 120 m. The average wind speed in this area of the North Sea is around 10 m/s. Rummelhoff adds: “We are very pleased to develop this project in Scotland, in a region with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas. Through industry and supportive policies, the UK and Scotland is taking a position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source.”


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Welcoming Statoil’s Hywind development, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney says: “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 British Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd says: “This is fantastic news for Scotland and the whole of the UK, demonstrating that we are open for business and that the UK’s offshore wind industry continues to go from strength to strength.”

In May, Statoil announced the establishment of New Energy Solutions as a separate business area reporting to the CEO, reflecting the company’s aspirations to gradually complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy and low-carbon solutions. As a starting point Statoil’s existing offshore wind portfolio constitutes the activities in this area. Hywind Scotland is the business area’s first new investment.

Katharina Garus / Statoil

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