Statoil appoint Scottish contractor to anchor world’s first floating offshore wind farm

hywind_turbine_in_towNorwegian energy giant Statoil has appointed a Scottish contractor to provide the suction anchors to the world’s first floating wind farm – its Hywind offshore floating wind farm off Peterhead.

Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017.

The unique floating wind park marks an important step forward for offshore wind technology, and potentially opens attractive new markets for renewable energy production worldwide.

Isleburn will provide 15 suction anchors to the project to be delivered in the beginning of 2017. The contract will provide work both in the Highlands and in Aberdeen.

Stephen Bull, Statoil senior vice-president for offshore wind, said: “We are proud to develop the world’s first floating wind farm. We are also pleased to develop this project in Scotland, with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas.

“The suction anchors represent important components in this innovative project. The Hywind pilot park confirms the UK and Scotland’s position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source.”

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister, said: “Isleburn and Global Energy Group have used their experience from the oil and gas sector to be awarded this contract. We continue to work closely with Statoil to ensure that other Scottish companies can also benefit from this project and to learn lessons for the future. We want to position Scotland as a world leader in this area as we look to utilise floating wind technology to unlock the deeper offshore sites.”

Isleburn is one of Scotland’s manufacturers of products to a range of energy sectors. The fabrication of the suction anchors will take place in Isleburn’s facilities at Nigg Energy Park, starting in Q1 2016 with delivery in Q1 2017.

Statoil’s onshore operation and maintenance base will be located in Peterhead, also drawing on resources from Statoil’s existing office in Aberdeen.

A spokesman for Scottish Renewables, commented: “Hywind is a really exciting project – putting Scotland firmly on the floating offshore wind map.

 “The international market for this innovative technology is set to expand, and Scotland has a huge opportunity to leverage our expertise and be at the forefront of developing it. That opportunity will only be harnessed with the right support from our government and enterprise agencies.

“Scotland boasts a fantastic supply chain, with the facilities and expertise ready to service the most cutting-edge developments.

“This contract is an excellent step towards Scotland taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by floating offshore wind, and we hope to see more success from Scottish suppliers as the sector develops.”

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