The 50 MW Kincardine offshore windfarm, the world’s largest floating array, is now fully commissioned and delivering electricity to the grid. The wind farm is located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in water ranging from 60 m to 80 m deep, and consists of five Vestas V164-9.5 MW and one V80-2 MW turbine, each installed on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power. The WTGs are the highest capacity wind turbines ever installed on floating platforms.
The project was started in 2014 by Allan MacAskill and Lord Nicol Stephen, now both directors of Flotation Energy plc. In 2016 Cobra Group became the main investor in Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd, KOWL.
Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of Cobra Group, has been responsible for delivery of the project, including engineering, construction, installation and commissioning.
Cobra’s senior manager, Jose Antonio Fernández, commented: “The Kincardine project is not only the world’s largest, it has also been a fantastic foundation for other joint venture projects between Cobra and Flotation Energy. Our Round 4 success with the 480 MW Morecambe project, our 7GW of bids into the Scotwind leasing round and our White Cross 100 MW floating project in the South West are all signs of our confidence in Scotland and the UK Floating wind is set for massive growth in the future – and we want to do more.”
The Kincardine team has also announced the selection of Aberdeen as its operations and maintenance base, which will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project.
Nils de Baar, president, Vestas Central & Northern Europe, said: “The Kincardine project shows how boundaries of offshore wind technology are constantly being pushed forward. We have once again demonstrated that the world’s most powerful turbines can be installed on floating substructures.”