ABERDEEN, UK – The 50-MW Kincardine offshore floating wind farm has started delivering electricity to Scotland’s grid.
Its location is 15 km (9.3 mi) from the Aberdeenshire coast, in water depths from 60-80 m (197-262 ft).
Five Vestas V164-9.5 MW and one V80-2 MW turbine are each installed on WindFloat semisubmersible platforms designed by Principle Power.
Work on the project started in 2014. The development is a joint venture between Flotation Energy and Cobra Group, with the latter’s Cobra Wind subsidiary responsible for the engineering, construction, installation, and commissioning.
According to Cobra, this is the world’s largest floating wind farm and the first to employ the highest-capacity wind turbines.
Kincardine should generate more than 200 GWh of electricity a year, said to be sufficient for more than 50,000 Scottish households over the anticipated 25-year lifespan.