The Scottish government has just announced that it has approved construction for the world’s largest floating offshore wind development.
The project dubbed Hywind is to be installed 25 km off of the coast Peterhead, and will be developed by Norwegian energy company: Statoil, with the expectation that it will be able to power nearly 20,000 homes.
“Hywind is a hugely exciting project, in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation, and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm," said John Swinney, deputy first minister.
The initial development encompasses five floating 6MW turbines with the capacity to generate 135GWh of electricity each year.
Hywind’s turbines will be anchored in the seabed and will transport their generated electricity via undersea cables to the shore.
“Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source,“ said Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. ”Statoil’s objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential. We are proud to develop this unique project in Scotland, in a region that has optimal wind conditions, a strong supply chain within oil and gas and supportive public policies."