Europe's largest floating wind farm to be sited off Scottish coast

25th November 2013  To: 25th November 2013

Europe's largest floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish coast after the Crown Estate granted an agreement for lease to Norwegian multinational Statoil.

The Hywind project will see five turbines operate in waters around 18- 12 miles (20 to 30km) off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

With a total capacity of 30 MW, the scheme is set to be the largest floating wind project announced in Europe.

The Crown Estate reportedly said the agreement follows Stavanger-based Statoil's successful demonstration of the world's first full-scale floating turbine, in operation off the coast of Norway since 2009.

It said the deal will enhance the UK's position as a global leader in offshore wind technology development.


Statoil senior vice president for renewable energy, Siri Espedal Kindem, said reportedly : "It represents a new step in the development towards a future floating commercial-scale park.



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