The fifth and final floating wind turbine is now connected to its moorings at the Kincardine wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. Connector technology company First Subsea said the last Vestas V174 9.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine was connected this past weekend. First Subsea will help with the connection of the cable protection system for the dynamic cables later this summer. Once it’s live, the 50 MW Kincardine project, which was developed by the Madrid-headquartered Cobra Group, will be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, with six turbines about nine miles (14 km) off the coast. It consists of a 2 MW Vestas turbine, which has been operating since October 2018, and five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines. Kincardine will generate up to 218 GWh of power annually, which will be enough to power around 55,000 households in Scotland.
Electrek 7th July 2021 read more »
A Danish renewable energy firm is to bid for licences to deploy floating wind farms at scale off the Scottish coast. Orsted is forming a consortium with Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy to participate in the Scotwind process, which is being run by Crown Estate Scotland. The seabed leasing round is a key part of Scottish government plans to deliver up to 11 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade. Seventeen areas spanning 8,600sq km of seabed are being made available. The deadline for applications was pushed back from the end of March to July 16 following prices in excess of expectations for leases around England and Wales in February. The possibility of companies paying up to £9 billion of revenue over the next decade for English and Welsh seabed rights resulted in concerns that the Scottish process was being undervalued.
Times 9th July 2021 read more »
RENEWABLE energy giant Ørsted has announced plans to develop big floating windfarms off Scotland in a move that underlines the appeal of the country to international investors. The Danish company said it plans to bid for offshore acreage in the ScotWind licensing round, which has generated huge interest already.
Herald 9th July 2021 read more »