Europe’s largest floating wind farm granted lease

25 November 2013
By Edd Gent
Mobile version
Share |
Statoil's Hywind floating turbine in Norway

Statoil's Hywind floating turbine in Norway

Europe's largest floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish coast after the Crown Estate granted a lease for the project.

The Hywind project will see five turbines operate in waters around 18 to 12 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, after the body that owns the vast majority of the UK’s seabed agreed a lease to Norwegian multinational Statoil.

The Crown Estate said the agreement follows Stavanger-based Statoil's successful demonstration of the world's first full-scale floating turbine, which has been in operation off the coast of Norway since 2009.

It said the deal will enhance the UK's position as a global leader in offshore wind technology development as the scheme is set to be the largest floating wind project announced in Europe, with a total capacity of 30 MW.

Statoil senior vice president for renewable energy, Siri Espedal Kindem, said: "It represents a new step in the development towards a future floating commercial-scale park. We look forward to a progressed dialogue with key stakeholders in Scotland including communities, the local supply chain and the authorities.

“We will continue to mature the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park towards a final investment decision, by conducting marine surveys and concept studies in order to demonstrate technical and commercial feasibility for future offshore floating wind."

The Crown Estate invited firms to propose sites for the development of floating wind farms back in June.

The Crown Estate's head of offshore wind, Huub den Rooijen, said: "Investing in new technologies will be crucial to unlocking offshore wind potential over the long term whilst we continue to focus on the current development pipeline."

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "Scotland has a huge offshore wind resource but to maximise this opportunity we need to move into deeper water. The lease agreement awarded to Statoil's Hywind project offers the first step towards harnessing this resource."

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said the announcement could help firmly establish Scotland at the forefront of global moves to generate clean energy from offshore wind.

He said: "Scotland has an estimated quarter of Europe's total offshore wind resource. However, to be fully able to tap into that potential we need to continue to develop ways to operate offshore, especially in deeper waters, and this project will help to do that.

"Successfully developing floating turbines could enable Scotland to secure even more clean energy from offshore wind and help reduce some of the potential impacts associated with traditional seabed-based turbines.

"Alongside energy-saving measures, offshore wind and other renewables have a critical role to play in helping Scotland reduce climate emissions, create jobs and generate export opportunities.

"With careful planning we can harness offshore wind while safeguarding the nation's tremendous marine environment."

Latest Issue

E&T cover image 1606

"Where would Frankenstein and his creative mind fit into today's workplace? Should we fear technological developments or embrace them?"

E&T jobs

  • Manufacturing Development & Deployment Engineer

    BAE Systems
    • Preston, England, Lancashire
    • Negotiable

    Manufacturing Development & Deployment Engineer Would you like to help operate within a multi-disciplined environment working closely with TX, FCAS, JSF, Typhoon, Hawk and other projects to develop, deploy and support new leading edge manufacturing pr

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Information Assurance Practitioner

    BAE Systems
    • England, Cumbria, Barrow-In-Furness
    • Negotiable

    Information Assurance PractitionerWould you like to join a world class defence organisation and develop your skills in Information Assurance? We currently have a vacancy for an Information Assurance Practitioner at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.A

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Consultant Engineer - Information Assurance

    BAE Systems
    • Barrow-In-Furness, England, Cumbria
    • Negotiable

    Consultant Engineer - Information AssuranceWould you like to have a strategic influence on the development of Information Assurance (IA) policies for a national nuclear deterrence programme? We currently have a vacancy for a Consultant Engineer - Informat

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Systems Engineer

    National Air Traffic Services
    • Fareham, England, Hampshire
    • Negotiable

    NATS is a leading air navigation services specialist, handling 2.2 million flights in 2013/14, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides ai

    • Recruiter: National Air Traffic Services

    Apply for this job

  • Software Engineer

    BAE Systems
    • England, Somerset
    • Negotiable

    Software Engineer Would you like a role which enables you to make a difference to people on the frontline? We currently have a vacancy for a Software Engineer at our site in Yeovil. As a Software Engineer, you will be developing product solutions in Java/

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Software Engineer

    BAE Systems
    • England, Hampshire, Portsmouth
    • Competitive package

    As a Software Engineer, you will be investigating how technology and data can be used to optimise the services we provide to our clients, including the Royal Navy, and will include unique pieces of equipment at the forefront of innovation.

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • IM&T Manager - (Product Management)

    BAE Systems
    • England, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria
    • Negotiable

    IM&T Manager - (Product Management) We currently have a vacancy for an IM&T Manager - (Product Management) at our site in Barrow. As an IM&T Manager - Product Management you will be working within the planning support group, responsible for a

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Electronics Engineer

    Premium job

    Nikon Metrology Europe
    • Tring, Hertfordshire

    Nikon Metrology is looking for an Electronics Engineer to join our Electronics Team based in Tring (UK).

    • Recruiter: Nikon Metrology Europe

    Apply for this job

  • Cyber, Communication, Information and Data Scientist roles

    Premium job

    Dstl
    • Porton Down, Salisbury
    • Competitive salaries

    Information is everything. Use it to serve your country and help keep us safe.

    • Recruiter: Dstl

    Apply for this job

  • Electrical Training Officer / NVQ 3 Assessor

    Premium job

    JTL
    • Norwich, Norfolk
    • Competitive + Pension + Personal BUPA cover

    As a Qualified Electrician, you know what it takes to complete electrical work to exceptional standards of safety and quality.

    • Recruiter: JTL

    Apply for this job

More jobs ▶

Subscribe

Choose the way you would like to access the latest news and developments in your field.

Subscribe to E&T