Scottish plans for 50MW floating project

UK: Plans have been put forward for the development of a 50MW offshore floating project off the coast of Scotland.

The location of the proposed floating project

The Kincardine offshore wind farm is a proposed demonstrator floating project located near Aberdeen, approximately eight miles (13 kilometres) from the coast.

It has been put forward by Pilot Offshore Renewables, an Aberdeen-based joint venture between offshore wind developer andconsultancy MacAskill Associates and Renewable Energy Ventures.

If it goes ahead, the project will use floating semi-submersible technology to install approximately eight wind turbines in waters around 60-80 metres deep.

An environmental scoping assessment has been completed by consultants Atkins and has identified a possible site as suitable for the project.

While the assessment document mentions the WindFloat platform as an option for the floating foundations, no deal has been struck between the companies.

Earlier this month Principle Power was granted $47 million in US government funding for the construction of a 30MW project using the WindFloat platform near Oregon, in the deep Pacific Ocean. It will feature the semi-submersible foundation and five Siemens 6MW turbines.

The developer has set a tight schedule for the project, with the receipt of a lease from the UK's seabed landlord, the Crown Estate, slated for some time this quarter. The submission of a consent application is proposed for the third quarter and a final investment decision is suggested for the second quarter of 2015.

If all goes as planned, the project would be commissioned by the end of 2017.