Offshore Oil Company Promotes Wind Power

Talisman Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have plans to construct a CAD 58 million (US$ 44.2 million) deepwater wind farm demonstration project 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland, to power the Talisman owned Beatrice Field oil field. The project will consist of two turbines located at the Beatrice platform, and will operate alongside the drilling operations beginning in 2006, according to the company. Both companies expect the demonstration project to create engineering design, fabrication, and operations jobs in the United Kingdom.

Calgary, Canada – September 1, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Talisman Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have plans to construct a CAD 58 million (US$ 44.2 million) deepwater wind farm demonstration project 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland, to power the Talisman owned Beatrice oil field. The project will consist of two turbines located at the Beatrice platform, and will operate alongside the drilling operations beginning in 2006, according to the company. Both companies expect the demonstration project to create engineering design, fabrication, and operations jobs in the United Kingdom. “The existing infrastructure at Beatrice offers a unique opportunity to test the feasibility of wind farms in water depths of 35 to 45 meters, while optimizing the value of our existing facilities,” said Jim Buckee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Talisman. “We hope to show that it is possible to use offshore oil and gas expertise in the renewable energy business thereby potentially providing new opportunities for investment and employment in the North Sea.” Partial funding for the project will come from the Scottish Executive, CAD 7 million, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, CAD 7 million, and the European Commission, CAD 10 million. The companies will each pay CAD 17 million toward the project’s balance. “If the UK is to achieve its aspirations for the longer term development of renewable energy then we may need to consider exploiting substantially more of our renewable resource than is currently envisaged,” said UK Energy Minister Stephen Timms. The Beatrice wind farm demonstrator project has been incorporated into the pan-European initiative Distant Offshore Wind farms With No Visual Impact In Deepwater (DOWNVInD). The initiative was established as a catalyst for commercializing deepwater wind farm technology, and includes 14 different organizations from six European countries. During the five-year period of the demonstrator project, Talisman will collect performance data, look for ways to reduce costs and develop operating procedures. If the project is successful, Talisman will consider the construction of a full-scale offshore wind farm. A commercial venture could generate up to one gigawatt (GW) of electricity, which is equivalent to almost 20 percent of Scotland’s current electricity demand. “There is widespread agreement that the key to realizing the full potential of renewable energy over the long term is the development of new technologies,” said SSE Chief Executive Ian Marchant. “We are committed to building on our position as the UK’s largest generator of electricity from renewable sources. Our participation in this demonstrator project reflects our belief in the long term opportunities that renewable energy offers and confirms that Scotland and the rest of the UK is well positioned to become a leader in this field.”
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