Statoil has awarded Isleburn in the UK a contract for the provision of the suction anchors to the world’s first floating windfarm, the Hywind pilot project offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Isleburn will provide 15 suction anchors to the project. They are due to be to be delivered in early 2017. The contract will provide work both in the Highlands and in Aberdeen. The suction anchors are an important component in the innovative project.
Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, said: “Isleburn and Global Energy Group have used their experience from the oil and gas sector to be awarded this contract. We continue to work closely with Statoil to ensure that other Scottish companies can also benefit from this project and to learn lessons for the future. We want to position Scotland as a world leader in this area as we look to utilise floating wind technology to unlock the deeper offshore sites.”
Isleburn manufactures a range of products for the energy sector. Fabrication of the suction anchors will take place at Isleburn’s facilities at Nigg Energy Park, starting in the first quarter of 2016. Statoil plans to install a 30MW windfarm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland.