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Production begins at world's first floating wind farm

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Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm, has today begun delivering electricity to the Scottish grid.

Operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, Hywind is located approximately 25 kilometres offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and will provide enough power to supply over 20,000 households.
Operated by Statoil, Hywind Scotland will provide enough power to supply over 20,000 households
(Image via Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

The wind farm is a great jobs opportunity for engineers looking to make the transition into renewables and also represents a genuine innovation for offshore wind power- enabling much larger tracts of the world’s oceans to be exploited for power.

The onshore operations and maintenance base for Hywind Scotland is located in Peterhead, while the operations centre is located in Great Yarmouth. Linked to the Hywind Scotland project Statoil and partner Masdar will also install Batwind, a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy.

Hywind Scotland is adding to Statoil’s strong UK presence, and over the last few years Statoil’s footprint has grown in the UK. In Aberdeen over 1,500 employees are in the final phase of commissioning the Mariner oil field, one of the largest upstream UKCS developments in the last ten years, due to come onstream in 2018.

Statoil already has a sizeable renewables portfolio with an offshore wind portfolio that is capable of providing over 1 million homes with power. Statoil also operates the Sheringham Shoal wind farm in the UK, which has been in production since 2012. The Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK, also operated by Statoil has now been completed and is also in production.


Commenting on the opening of Hywind Scotland, Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil, said:

“Hywind can be used for water depths up to 800 metres, thus opening up areas that so far have been inaccessible for offshore wind. The learnings from Hywind Scotland will pave the way for new global market opportunities for floating offshore wind energy. Through their government’s support to develop the Hywind Scotland project, the UK and Scotland are now at the forefront of the development of this exciting new technology. Statoil looks forward to exploring the next steps for floating offshore wind.”

The Hywind Scotland project will be officially opened today by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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