Scotland is the world leader in floating offshore wind power, but that is unlikely to last, as the technology expands rapidly. UK firms are lagging behind others in capturing the economic benefit of this technology, as it has with previous ones. A new report starkly sets out the shortcomings of Britain’s role in the supply chain, while other countries surge ahead. It recommends government action to back the industry, and to counteract the risks from Brexit. Currently, Scotland is the world leader in floating wind power, with 56% of all the world’s capacity. It has by far the biggest array, Buchan Deep, 25 km off the coast at Peterhead. That has five turbines rising 175m above the sea, and rated at 6 megawatts each. Next in line is Kincardine, a site 15km to the south-east of Aberdeen, where you can currently see one floating turbine. Before long, that will be replaced by five turbines, at a construction cost of £325m. These will have monstrous big blades, each turbine rated at 9.5 megawatts.
BBC 17th Oct 2019 read more »
WIND turbines for Scotland’s newest and largest offshore wind farm are to be built by MHI Vestas — a major Isle of Wight employer. MHI Vestas has entered into a preferred supplier agreement with Seagreen Wind Energy Limited to supply and service up to 114 wind turbines for the wind farm. SSE Renewables is building Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Fife, which will be one of the most significant construction projects undertaken in Scotland. John Hill, Seagreen project director at SSE Renewables, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome MHI Vestas to the Seagreen project as our preferred turbine supplier and look forward to working with them to harness the power of North Sea wind with their proven offshore turbine technology.
Isle of Wight County Press 17th Oct 2019 read more »