MHI Vestas installs 'most powerful' floating offshore wind turbine

A 9.5MW MHI Vestas wind turbine has been installed on a floating platform for the first time

MHI Vestas' V164-9.5MW turbine

MHI Vestas has installed the “most powerful” turbine used in a floating wind project in the harbour for the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm off Scotland.

The first-ever floating V164-9.5MW turbine was installed on a Principle Power WindFloat platform and is the first of five at the 50MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm project.

It is due to become the world’s largest floating wind farm by nameplate capacity.

The project – developed by Spain's Cobra Group – will eventually consist of five of MHI Vestas' 9.5MW turbines and an additional Vestas V80-2.0MW unit that has already been commissioned.

They will be set up about 15km off the Kincardineshire coast at a water depth of 60-80 metres, with the first 9.5MW unit to be anchored in December 2020.

An 8.4MW MHI Vestas turbine installed on one of Principle Power's Windfloat platforms being towed out

MHI Vestas project director, Allan Birk Wisby said: “We are proud to have the most powerful turbines installed on a floating offshore wind platform.

“The V164-9.5 MW turbines are an excellent fit for the Kincardine project, and it is a great achievement by the team to have completed the first installation at the quayside. We look forward to completing the remaining four units.”

Kincardine floating offshore wind – key facts

  • Developer: Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd (KOWL). Majority owned by the Cobra Group
  • EPC contractor: Cobra Wind International Limited (CWIL)
  • Turbines: 5 x V164-9.525 MW + 1 V80-2.0 MW
  • Blade tip height: 190 metres
  • Foundation: WindFloat (floating, semi-submersible type)
  • Project Capacity: 49.625 MW
  • Location: Aberdeen Bay, Scotland
  • Distance from Shore: 15 km
  • Sea Depth: 60-80 metres
  • Nominal Voltage: 33kV
  • Number of homes powered annually: 35,000
  • Expected life: 25 years
  • Most powerful wind turbines operating on a floating foundation

A Cobra Group spokesperson said: “This is an exciting, world-leading project developed by Cobra Group. The Kincardine floating wind farm will be the biggest ever built.

“The installation of the largest turbine ever to have been placed on a floating foundation represents a major milestone for the project and we are very much looking forward to seeing it generate power at the site very soon.”

Kincardine is expected to power around 35,000 households in Scotland.