The Scottish Government has approved plans for a floating offshore wind farm, about 15 km south-east of Aberdeen.
The floating development by Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited will include eight 6-MW turbines, with a generating capacity up to a maximum of 50 MW – enough to prevent more than 94,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
“Our commitment to supporting low carbon energy is outlined in our new draft Energy Strategy which sets out next steps and how we will continue to transition to a low carbon economy, with the offshore wind sector to take an increasingly influential role,” said Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, MSP.
The project is expected to create about 110 jobs during assembly, installation, and through ongoing operations and maintenance activities.
“Once operational, this pioneering, 50-MW Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm will produce enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland through the use of our supply chain,” said Wheelhouse. He aded that it will also cement Scotland’s place as one of the world’s leading nations in the innovation and deployment of floating offshore wind.
“If the technology can be demonstrated at scale, it has huge potential to help Scotland meet its energy needs and to develop a supply chain that can service opportunities elsewhere in Europe and in markets such as South East Asia and North America.”
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