Floating wind-farm contract confirmed

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Plans for a unique floating farm off the coast of the Blue Toon took an important step forward as a contractor was selected to lay its foundation.

Norwegian company Statoil awarded a contract to Isleburn Ltd in North of Scotland for providing the suction anchors for what will be the world’s largest floating wind farm - the Hywind pilot park.

Isleburn Ltd, part of Global Energy Group, will provide 15 suction anchors to the project.

Stephen Bull, Statoil’s senior vice president for Offshore Wind, said: “We are pleased to develop this project in Scotland, with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas.”

The news was welcomed by the Scottish Government.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, 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.”

Statoil are to install a 30 megawatt wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25km off the shore of Peterhead.

The wind farm is expected to power around 20,000 households.

Production is timetabled to begin late 2017.

Statoil’s onshore base will be based in Peterhead.