New floating wind farm to be installed off Scotland’s north coast

Monday, 9 January, 2017 - 13:15
The twin turbine project will be capable of generating 10 MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes. (Photo: Hexicon AG)
The twin turbine project will be capable of generating 10 MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes. (Photo: Hexicon AG)

Dounreay Trì Limited has awarded the construction contract for a novel floating wind farm off the north Caithness coast to Scottish energy sector service company, Global Energy Group.

Hexicon, a Swedish Design and Engineering house developing floating multi-turbine platforms, has set up Dounreay Trì Limited to develop the project. The wind farm will be deployed in Scottish Territorial Waters approximately 9 km off Dounreay, Caithness in the summer of 2018. The project consists of a two turbine offshore wind farm with a total installed capacity of 10 MW and would also involve laying a subsea cable and a substation or switchgear to transfer power to the grid, at, or near, the existing Dounreay Substation.

The works will be carried out at the Group’s Nigg Energy Park facility in the Highlands. Unlike more conventional offshore wind structures, these wind farms will be entirely assembled in the construction yard and then towed into position.

Dounreay Trì has also entered into an agreement with the Highland port of Scrabster, near Thurso, which will service the facility. If Scottish Ministers approve the project, it will create 7 full time jobs and support many other jobs locally ranging from the Harbour Authority itself, through to fuel suppliers, cranage and other supply chain activities.

In order to proceed the application to Marine Scotland and Scottish Ministers must be processed by 31 March as the Renewable Obligation Certificate level required is only available to projects approved by that date.

By opening up the deeper waters off the North and West Coast of Scotland the new floating wind farms can make a significant contribution to helping Scotland meet its renewable energy targets.

Commenting on the award of the contract to Global Energy Group, Marcus Thor, Project Director for Dounreay Trì Limited said: “We are delighted to award the construction contract for such an innovative project being installed in Scotland to a Scottish company. It certainly has great potential to deliver both renewable energy and jobs for Scotland. Whilst we await the outcome of our planning applications, as and when they are approved, this will place Scotland at the forefront of floating offshore wind production worldwide.”

Ian Cobban, Executive Vice President, Capital Projects, for Global Energy Group commented: “We are very pleased to have secured this construction contract for this innovative floating offshore wind device with deep water capability. We have the right experience and facilities to fully support the contract requirements and once planning is confirmed we envisage fabrication works will commence in summer 2017, with assembly works within Nigg Energy Park’s Dry Dock facility through to the first half of 2018. The main floating structure will be around 190 m by 100 m including columns of 30 m height, making it the largest structure to be loaded out of our facility in recent years.”

Silke Funke / Hexicon

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