The Kincardine floating offshore windfarm off the coast of Scotland has transmitted its first power to the grid.
The electricity exported from the floating windfarm was despatched from a 2 MW turbine that was the first to be installed at the site. The aim of the project is to develop a pilot floating offshore windfarm of up to 50 MW with a lifespan of up to 25 years.
Six somewhat larger turbines in the form of MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MHI Vestas machines are also due to be installed at the Kincardine site.
Addressing delegates at the Floating Offshore Wind UK 2018 conference and exhibition in Aberdeen on 30 October, Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd director Allan MacAskill described installation of the 2 MW test machine earlier this year. The company is 60% owned by Spanish engineering, procurement and construction group Cobra.
The project is using a WindFloat semi-submersible foundation from Principle Power. The test turbine is a Vestas V 80. Mr MacAskill said the substructures for the remaining turbines will be placed by the end of 2018.
Manufacturing of the foundations will take place from 2019 onwards with all of the remaining turbines due to be installed by 2020.
Also speaking at the event, Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said the project demonstrated the potential of floating offshore wind and Scotland’s potential role in it.
Scottish Renewables senior policy manager Fabrice Leveque said the announcement of first power from the Kincardine windfarm was another milestone for the floating wind sector. “Floating offshore wind power provides a way to tap the enormous potential of the world’s deeper waters,” he said.
“With our incredible offshore wind resource and established offshore supply chain, Scotland has a unique opportunity to reap the economic benefits of this emerging technology. The announcement shows we are now taking great strides towards doing that.”