Masdar Takes Stake in UK Floating Wind Farm Project

Abu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar has acquired a 25 percent stake in Statoil’s floating wind farm project in Scotland.

Hywind Scotland is a 30 MW wind farm in the North Sea which Statoil has been developing for several years.

“Hywind Scotland represents the next stage in the evolution of the offshore wind industry,” said Masdar chief executive Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi. “We see tremendous potential in the commercial application of floating offshore wind technologies.”

The collaboration with Masdar was announced today at an official ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The deal will see Statoil and Masdar share the development risk and Masdar will cover 25 percent of previous and future costs.

Due to start commercial operation in late 2017, Hywind Scotland would be the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. It consists of five 6 MW floating wind turbines anchored to the seabed. The farm covers an area of around four-square kilometers.

The pilot project’s objective is to demonstrate cost efficient and low risk solutions for future commercial-scale floating wind farms.

Scottish Parliament economy secretary Keith Brown said today that Hywind Scotland’s “novel technology offers vast, global potential. This pilot project aims to take advantage of Scotland’s huge offshore wind resource by operating in waters exceeding 100m depth, demonstrating cost-efficient and low-risk solutions for commercial-scale parks.”

Statoil’s executive vice president for new energy solutions, Irene Rummelhoff, said she believed “Masdar can be a strong partner also in future Hywind projects, and we hope that our collaboration will result in future value creation opportunities for both parties.”

Hywind Scotland is the second offshore wind partnership between Masdar and Statoil following the Dudgeon wind farm, a 402-MW project in the UK also due to come online by the second half of 2017.

Image: World’s first full-scale floating wind turbine, assembled in the Amoy Fjord near Stavanger. Credit: L.C. Nottaasen | Flickr

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Kelvin Ross is Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review . Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Editor and Head of Design on daily international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, Deputy Editor for a group of weekly London newspapers and has worked as a freelance sub-editor on UK national newspapers.

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