Statoil appoints risk consultants for off-Peterhead floating wind farm project

hywind_turbine_in_towBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

Statoil’s innovative floating wind farm project off Aberdeenshire has appointed Lloyd’s Register Energy to perform risk and emergency analysis.

The Norwegian international energy company, plans to build the first floating wind farm near Buchan Deep, about 20 miles off the coast of Peterhead.

The pilot project at Hywind Scotland Pilot Park is expected to demonstrate the feasibility of multiple floating wind turbines in a region that has optimal wind conditions and a strong supply chain. This is hoped to significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind.

Arve Sandve, Business Development Manager, Lloyd’s Register Consulting, said: “The type of expertise we are providing in to this project builds on similar work performed for Statoil during their previous Hywind Demo, Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon wind farm projects.”

Hywind Scotland is a 30 MW pilot project which will consist of five 6MW floating turbines operating in waters exceeding 100 yards deep. It will help to demonstrate how cost efficiencies can be achieved and at low risk for large scale commercial wind parks.

Floating wind represents a new and potentially significant renewable energy source that will complement an existing and expanding array of alternative energy projects across the UK and in Europe.

So far, the offshore wind industry has been using a fixed platform design for wind turbines where the base is embedded in the seabed. As the water depth increases, so does the cost of installation.

Areas where the water depth is more than 100-yards have yet to feasible for offshore wind energy development. Should this pilot project be successful far more offshore wind would become accessible

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