Summer breeze for Blue Toon windfarm

A computer generated rendition of what the wind farm should look like
A computer generated rendition of what the wind farm should look like

A presentation last week about an innovate green-energy project in Peterhead confirmed that work will commence this summer.

The Hywind project is set to become the world’s largest floating offshore wind development and will be built off the coast of the Blue Toon.

A public presentation took place at the Palace Hotel on Wednesday, January 20.

Leif Delp, project manager for Statoil, the Norwegian firm behind the development, talked to local residents about the project.

He noted that constriction will begin this summer and should be completed by 2017.

He said: “Statoil appreciates the warm reception, interest and support for the project we have received so far.

“It is important to establish good relationships.

“Planning permission was granted last year and we now have a marine licence.

“We will start the onshore work this summer here in Peterhead with the drilling cable route from the shore to the service station.

“Offshore construction will start next spring. The final commissioning will be in late 2017, when it will be operating.”

Councillor Stuart Pratt attended the presentation, saying that it was an informative vening.

He said: “It was well received with a few parochial questions.

“The questions were easily answered and nothing controversial came up.”

He added that the project is ‘moving along quite well’.

Statoil will build a pilot park of five floating, six megawatt turbines and is expected to power up to 19,900 homes.

It will have a generating capacity of 135 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year.

Hywind Scotland wind farm will be located approximately 25km off the coast of the Blue Toon.

Unlike conventional turbines, Hywind turbines will be attached to the seabed by a three-point anchor system.