Twenty-five kilometres off the coast of Peterhead in north-east Scotland, five wind turbines, each measuring 253 metres in height, are being slowly towed by boat and installed in choppy waters across the North Sea. Offshore wind turbines are a common sight in these parts. But in this case, these machines delivered from Norway are under close scrutiny as they will form part of what is being billed as the world’s first floating wind farm. The five turbines, each designed to generate six megawatts of electricity, are expected to power 20,000 households from as early as October. Ministers in Scotland hope the project, which is majority-owned by Norwegian oil group Statoil, will be one of several floating wind schemes off the Scottish coast that could open up waters previously considered too deep for offshore wind.
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