MHI Vestas announced on Monday that it had been awarded the contract to supply 5 of its 9.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines to the 50 MW Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park in Scotland.
The announcement confirms a firm order signed back in 2018 with Spanish developer and construction company Cobra Group, part of the ACS Group, which will see MHI Vestas provide five of its V164-9.5 MW wind turbines to the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park, located just south of Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. The project was approved in March of 2017 by the Scottish Government at which point it had been designed to use 6 MW turbines.
The five 9.5 MW turbines will join a single V80-2.0 MW turbine, provided by Vestas, which is already installed and which began generating power in November of last year. The turbines are being installed on Windfloat semi-submersible foundations which are moored in water depths of 60 to 80 meters. MHI Vestas expects the turbines to be installed in the Spring of 2020 and the company will provide a 10-year service and maintenance agreement.
“We are exceptionally proud that the world’s largest floating offshore wind park will feature the V164-9.5 MW turbine,” said MHI Vestas Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Kavafyan. “Bringing our technology and experience to Kincardine in Scotland advances our leadership in floating offshore wind and confirms our long-term commitment to commercial scale, floating offshore wind projects in the future.”
The Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park is one of the world’s first floating offshore wind farms, following in the footsteps of the 30 MW Hywind Scotland floating wind farm, located just north of Kincardine and developed by Norwegian energy company Statoil. A year ago — three months after the project began generating electricity — Statoil announced that Hywind Scotland was outperforming expectations and generating at levels consistently above that of traditional offshore wind farms.
The announcement comes at the same time as MHI Vestas is readying the installation of another floating offshore wind farm, this time in Portugal, the 24 MW Windfloat Atlantic offshore wind farm, which will feature three of Vestas’ V164-8.4 MW turbines.
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