The Scottish government has given the green light to the development of one the largest floating offshore wind projects in the world.

KINCARDINE OFFSHORE WINDFARM PROJECT

The Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project will have a generating capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) and will be capable of supplying enough power for roughly 56,000 homes when it is commissioned in 2019. Located 15 kilometres (km) southeast of Aberdeen, it will cost an estimated £250 million ($310 million). The project is being developed by joint venture company Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited, formed by Scottish firms Pilot Offshore Renewables and Atkins.

MEETING ENERGY NEEDS

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, commented: “Once operational, this pioneering, 50-MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will produce enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland through the use of our supply chain. It will also cement our place as one of the world’s leading nations in the innovation and deployment of floating offshore wind. If the technology can be demonstrated at scale, it has huge potential to help Scotland meet its energy needs and to develop a supply chain that can service opportunities elsewhere in Europe and in markets such as Southeast Asia and North America.”

WINDFARM FEATURES

The floating offshore windfarm will feature eight, three-bladed horizontal axis wind turbines mounted on semi-spar floating foundation technology. Atkins said that the technology “will demonstrate the technological and commercial feasibility of floating offshore wind”. He added that floating foundations “open the possibility for future offshore windfarms to be located further from shore in deeper waters, minimising visual impacts whilst accessing hitherto untapped wind resources.”

The turbines will be situated about 1 km apart and have a maximum height to blade tip of 176 metres.

DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE GRID

The project will not need a separate offshore substation, as the turbines will be connected directly to the existing Redmoss onshore substation and the grid. SSE plc has been contracted to supply two subsea export power cables, each around 19 km in length, to transfer the electricity to shore. It is also constructing a 3-km overhead transmission cable from the Kincardine onshore converter station to the Redmoss substation.

HYWIND OFFSHORE WINDFARM

Scotland is already home to the world’s first floating offshore windfarm, the 30-MW Hywind Scotland project. Construction of Hywind is expected to kick off this year, with completion expected by the end of the year.

Source: Industrial Info Resources – 22 March 2017