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Scottish Government greenlights novel floating wind farm in the Highlands

Press Release   •   Mar 20, 2017 11:30 GMT

Dounreay Trì Limited have been granted planning consent for the installation of a novel floating windfarm 9km off the Northern Coast of Scotland by the Scottish Government. The decision means that the facility will achieve the necessary Renewables Obligation accreditation by the end of the month to allow it to proceed, in what will be a major boost for Scotland.

The prototype facility, which will be constructed at Global Energy Group’s Nigg facility in the Highlands, will put Scotland at the forefront of developing this innovative technology which can be deployed in deep water rather than just in the shallower waters, such as those off the East Coast, as at present. The twin turbine project will be capable of generating 10MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes. By opening up the deeper waters off the North and West Coast of Scotland the new floating windfarms can make a significant contribution to helping Scotland meet its renewable energy targets.

Welcoming the granting of planning consent Jack Farnham, Senior Developer for RES & Consents Manager for Dounreay Tri, said, “We are delighted that Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, has granted planning permission for Dounreay Tri. 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.”

Speaking on behalf of Hexicon, the parent company of the Dounreay Tri, which developed the technology, Marcus Thor, the Dounreay Trì Project Director, said, “It is fantastic news for Hexicon that the Dounreay Trì project has permission to proceed. We are grateful that Scotland is taking positive steps to lead in the development of this innovative technology. Hexicon is encouraged that this demonstration plant will lead to the deployment of many more floating windfarms around the world.”

The next steps for the project is to formally reach the final investment decision and then it needs to be constructed, installed and commissioned by 30 September 2018 under the terms of the Obligation Certification regime.

For Further information contact: Simon James (for Dounreay Trì) 07984 493071 or Alastair Kennedy (for Global Energy Group) 01463 725460.


Notes to editors:

An impression of the Dounreay Trì facility is attached to this press release.

The wind farm will be deployed in Scottish Territorial Waters approximately 9km off Dounreay, Caithness in the summer of 2018. In order to proceed the application to Marine Scotland and Scottish Ministers must be processed by 31 March as the Renewable Obligation Certificate level required is only available to projects approved by that date.

The Project consists of:

  • A two turbine offshore wind farm with a total installed capacity of 10 MW
  • A single export cable to bring the power to shore
  • The associated onshore electrical infrastructure

The main offshore components are:

  • Two offshore wind turbines of 5MW
  • A floating foundation platform
  • Mooring lines or chains
  • Drag-embedment anchors
  • One cable, buried, to bring the renewable electricity ashore
  • Scour protection for anchors and the export cable, where necessary

The onshore infrastructure components are:

  • A cable landfall, west of the Dounreay nuclear facility
  • The onshore cable shall be buried to a depth of approximately 1m, subject to ground conditions
  • A substation or switchgear to transfer power to the grid, at, or near, the existing Dounreay Substation.

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