Kincardine floating offshore wind farm, off the coast of Scotland has been put on stream. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has classified this windfarm as the world’s largest floating offshore windfarm.
This wind farm is developed by Kincardine Offshore Wind (KOWL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pilot Offshore Renewables (PORL). However, engineering, design, construction, and commissioning of the windfarm were carried out by Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of ACS Group.
Following are some of its features:
- The Kincardine Offshore Windfarm was installed across 110 square kilometers in the North Sea.
- It is located at about 9.3 miles (15 km) off the southeast coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
- Annually this plant is expected to generate up to 218 GWh of electricity.
- Energy generated is sufficient to power roughly 55,000 Scottish homes.
- This Windfarm has a nominal capacity of 50 MW.
- It uses five V164 9.5 MW turbines. Turbines are placed on triangular semi-submersible foundations.
- It also has one V80-2.0 MW machine, installed at water depths of 60 to 80 meters.
“This exciting project demonstrates the potential of floating turbines and we are confident they will have an increasingly prominent role to play in the development of sustainable energy all over the world,” said Matthew Tremblay, ABS’ senior vice president, global offshore.