Statoil will build floating wind farm in UK

Friday, 29 November, 2013 - 11:45
The first Hywind floating turbine is in operation since 2009 off the coast of Norway.
Photo: Statoil

The UK's first floating wind farm is set to be located off the Scottish coast following the announcement that The Crown Estatehas granted an agreement for lease to Statoilfor the next phase of its Hywind project.

The project comprises five 6 MW floating turbines operating in waters exceeding 100 m in depth at a site in Buchan Deep, approximately 25 km off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. At a total capacity of 30 MW, the scheme is set to be the largest floating wind project announced to date in Europe and one of the largest announced worldwide.

The Buchan Deep floating wind farm builds on the success of the first phase of Hywind; the successful demonstration of the world's first full-scale floating turbine, in operation since 2009 off the coast of Norway.

The Crown Estate and Statoil have been working together closely over the past two years to progress this project, which will further enhance the UK's position as a global leader in offshore wind technology development. Statoil is now working to secure the necessary consents from Scottish Government.

Floating technology can play an important part in realising the offshore wind potential, allowing developers to access new sites in deeper water, where installing conventional offshore wind turbines is not viable, and helping to substantially lower the cost of energy generated from offshore wind.

Statoil's Senior Vice President for Renewable Energy, Siri Espedal Kindem, said: "This is a significant milestone for the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park. It represents a new step in the development towards a future floating commercial scale park. We will continue to mature the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park towards a final investment decision, by conducting marine surveys and concept studies in order to demonstrate technical and commercial feasibility for future offshore floating wind."

UK Government Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: "This innovative project will lead to the construction of the first floating offshore wind farms in the UK. This underlines the dynamism of the sector, and the UK's attractiveness as the number one destination for offshore wind development."

Katharina Garus