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World’s largest floating offshore wind farm becomes operational

The 50MW development off the Scottish coast comprises the largest turbines ever to be installed on floating platforms

The five Vestas V164-9.5MW at Kincardine are the largest turbines installed on floating platforms (pic: Cobra Group)
The five Vestas V164-9.5MW at Kincardine are the largest turbines installed on floating platforms (pic: Cobra Group)

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The 50MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Kincardine Offshore Windfarm (50MW) Offshoreoff Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe Click to see full details — the world’s largest floating project to date— has been brought online.

Located in 60-80 metre depths in the North Sea, 15km off Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it comprises five Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and one V80-2 MW turbine, mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms. 

The 9.5MW turbines are the largest ever installed on floating platforms and together, they should generate in excess of 200GWh annually. The wind farm will be operated and maintained from Aberdeen. 

Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of Cobra Group, was responsible for its delivery. 

“The completion of Kincardine comes at a pivotal time in determining Scotland’s leadership in the floating offshore sector. Kincardine has shown that the largest and most advanced wind turbines available can be installed on floating platforms in the challenging North Sea environment,” said Jaime Altolaguirre, project director for Kincardine at Cobra.

Northern European waters more widely are expected to be the focus of significant further floating offshore wind development between 2025 and 2030. The UK’s 8.8GW pipeline is closely followed by Ireland’s 7.7GW. Much activity is also expected in Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and French waters.

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