Scotland in new floating wind OK with 10MW Dounreay Trì

Scotland’s profile as a floating offshore wind hotspot was boosted again today with planning consent for the 10MW Dounreay Trì demonstrator project.

Dounreay Trì will see Swedish developer Hexicon aims site two turbines 6km offshore from the Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, in water depths of 60-110 metres.

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The project was approved by the local Highland Council last month. Hexicon has previously said that it hopes to make a final investment decision next month and start work on the project in 2018.

Jack Farnham, consents manager for Dounreay Tri, said: "It will be a major boost for Scotland as not only will this facility be constructed and maintained in Scotland but it opens up the possibility for Scotland in leading the world in this technology. This type of facility is potentially deployable in many more locations around the world than conventional offshore wind."

Construction of the project’s steel floating foundation, which will measure 190 metres by 100 metres and have columns 30 metres in height, will be carried out at the Global Energy Group’s Nigg Energy Park facility.

Developer RES is providing “non-stakeholder” one-stop-shop services for the development and consent of the project, which will be connected to shore at Sandside Bay via a 6km export cable, while engineering consultancy Atkins, classification body ABS and offshore contractor Van Oord are also involved.

The Scottish government’s consent for Dounreay Trì was for a project up to 12MW. It comes just weeks after it approved Pilot Offshore Renewables’ 50MW Kincardine floating wind project off Aberdeen.

With the pioneering 30MW Hywind development also well underway, the country has now given the planning green light to 92MW of floating offshore.

Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “ This not only highlights our commitment to exploring this innovative technology, but offers real scope for the development of wind energy projects in deeper water, in Scotland and across the world.”

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