The Scottish government has given the green light to a proposed eight-turbine floating offshore wind farm near Aberdeen.
The £250 million Kincardine development has a permitted generating capacity of up to 50 MW and will be comprised of three-bladed horizontal axis floating turbines. The wind farm will help to cement Scotland as a leader in the deployment of floating wind energy technology, the government said.
“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 South East Asia and North America,” said Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse.
The Kincardine wind farm is being developed by a joint venture between Atkins Ltd. and Pilot Offshore Renewables. Eight Senvion 6.2M126 turbines will be installed 15 km south-east of Aberdeen.
The turbines will be tethered to the sea bed using Cobra’s Semi-Spar concrete substructure technology, according to planning documents. Two subsea transmission cables will connect the wind farm to the onshore grid at Redmoss.