The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease for the next phase of the developer's Hywind floating wind turbine project, to be located off the Scottish coast.
According to The Crown Estate, the 30 MW project comprises five 6-MW floating turbines operating in waters exceeding 100 meters in depth at a site in Buchan Deep, approximately 20-30 km off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
The new floating wind farm would build on the success of the first phase of Hywind, which The Crown Estate says demonstrated the world's first full-scale floating turbine when it began operating off the coast of Norway in 2009.
The Crown Estate notes it has been working with Statoil closely over the past two years to progress this project, and Statoil is now working to secure the necessary consents from the Scottish government.
Siri Espedal Kindem, Statoil's senior vice president for renewable energy, calls the lease agreement a "significant milestone" for the project.
‘We look forward to a progressed dialogue with key stakeholders in Scotland including communities, the local supply chain and the authorities," Kindem says. "We will continue to mature the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park toward a final investment decision, by conducting marine surveys and concept studies in order to demonstrate technical and commercial feasibility for future offshore floating wind.’
In October, Statoil announced it was dropping its Hywind Maine project, a 12 MW floating offshore wind pilot planned for Maine. The company cited delay, uncertainty and changes in the state's regulatory framework as reasons for its decision.