Turbines for the world’s first floating wind farm are set to arrive in Scottish waters within weeks after taking to the seas off Norway. Five turbines for the £200 million Hywind project, being built by Statoil, the Norwegian energy group, were floated near Stord island on the country’s southwest coast. They will be towed on a four-day journey to a location 16 miles off Peterhead. The five turbines, standing 175m above sea level, are kept afloat by ballasted steel cylinders that extend 78m beneath the waves. Each will be attached to the seabed by chains. Together they should generate up to 30 megawatts of power, enough to supply 20,000 homes.
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