World’s largest floating offshore wind farm begins operation

Kincardine Offshore Wind (Courtesy: Cobra Group)

The world's largest floating wind farm is now operating offshore Scotland.

Statkraft, a renewable energy generator owned by the Norwegian state, will buy the entire electrical output of the 48 MW Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm through a power purchase agreement that extends until 2029.

The Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm is expected to generate up to 218 GWh of clean electricity each year, enough to power 55,000 households. The project is comprised of a 2MW Vestas turbine in addition to five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines.

"We are proud to be one of the partners that helped bring this highly innovative project to completion," said John Puddephatt, manager of long term PPA origination at Statkraft. "This is the first floating project that Statkraft has been involved in and we expect more to follow; a key technology that could help countries around the world achieve their renewable energy targets."

The project was developed by Kincardine Offshore Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pilot Offshore Renewables (POR). Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of ACS Group, is responsible for the engineering, design, supply, construction, and commissioning of the Kincardine floating wind farm.

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