Statoil plan to build the first floating wind farm off the Scottish coast. The park will be located near Buchan Deep, approx. 25-30 km off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
The 30 MW pilot project will consist of five, 6 MW floating turbines operating in waters exceeding 100m of depth. The Pilot Park objectives is to demonstrate cost efficient and low risk solutions for commercial scale parks.
The technology that will be used in the pilot project has been tested with excellent results in a demonstration project
off the coast of Norway.
Floating wind represents a new and significant renewable energy source that will complement an existing and expanding array of alternative energy projects in Scotland.
This pilot project is expected to demonstrate the feasibility of multiple floating wind turbines in a region that has optimal wind conditions, a strong supply chain within oil and gas and supportive public policies such as enhanced support for floating offshore wind pilot parks under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland).