The latest Offshore Wind Turbine Development Projects
Last year two large capacity 5MW wind turbines were installed and are operating in deep water alongside the Beatrice oil and gas field in the Outer Moray Firth. These are currently the largest capacity wind turbines to be installed anywhere in the world and supply power at 33kV to the Beatrice Field Oil Production Platforms.
This field was unique for a number of reasons:
- First windfarm to participate in Distant Offshore Windfarms with no Visual Impact in Deepwaters ( DOWNVInD)
- The use of the world’s biggest wind turbine (5MW) in an offshore windfarm.
- Installing the turbines in 45m of water using a steel jacket structure for the first time.
- Assembly of all components ashore and floating out complete unit for installation to the offshore structure in one single lift operation.
Reference Web: Beatrice - largest wind turbines in operation
However, the latest round of Crown Estate offshore seabed leasing for wind turbine farms has enabled numerous UK companies to take up the offered leases. Among them are the following companies, some of whom have just been formed or amalgamated:
- Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.
SeaEnergy PLC (formerly Ramco Energy PLC), a New Scottish Offshore Renewable Energy Company, have recently announced their plans to develop a 920MW windfarm, under the name of Beatrice Offshore Windfarm that will be located adjacent to the two Beatrice demonstrator turbines in the Outer Morayfirth.
The windfarm will consist of 184 wind turbines of 5MW capacity that will be supported on conventional offshore oil platform steel jackets, piled into the ocean bed.
- Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm
SeaEnergy have also applied to lease an area 10 miles of the East Coast of Scotland in the outer Tay Estuary.
This will be known as the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm and will have an output of 905MW from 181 wind turbines of 5MW capacity.
Both these fields will be subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (“SEA"), along with an environmental survey of local marine flora and fauna and an Environmental Impact Statement, which will take up to two years to complete.
Reference Web: Scottish Ofshore Wind Latest Developments in Offshore Windfarms, Seaenergy - Use of latest technology for installation of large Offshore Turbines projects.
Venture between Mitsubishi/Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)
A newly formed Scottish venture between Mitsubishi and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has led to the signing of an agreement to explore the range of offshore wind farms technology, along with carbon abatement and sequestration technology.
Mitsubishi, the giant electrical company, has just joined the offshore wind power companies in February this year, the Scottish government having invested £130,000,000 ($202,000,000) in the new technology ventures.
Reference Web: Mitsubishi - Offshore windfarm development venture between Mitsubishi and Scottish and Southern Energy
The company Able UK has announced £400,000,000 ($620,000,000) to build a Marine Energy Park on the Humber.
This will entail the construction of a tailor-made quayside facility for the construction, installation, and delivery of offshore wind turbines. The quays will be 1,630m long and have been developed in conjunction with major offshore wind companies who will hope to construct, ship and install 5000 wind turbines to Dogger, Hornsea, and Norfolk Bank by 2020, so the facility will be busy!
There are also plans to build a biomass plant at the Marine Energy Park to the latest technology, and during construction and operation the park will give a massive employment boost to people of the area.
Reference Web: Humber Park - Marine Energy Park.