COVID-19 pushes back Kincardine commissioning

The Kincardine offshore wind farm faces a sixth month delay due supply chain and construction setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeen, the 50 MW project will be the world’s largest array of floating turbines.

The project already features a
2 MW Vestas V80 turbine with a semi-submersible WindFloat™ prototype from the demonstrator site in Portugal, which was towed to Kincardine in 2018.

During the second phase of construction, a further five 9.5 MW MHI Vestas turbines will be installed as well as five 33 kV array cables and a second export cable.

According to Director Reports, Kincardine Offshore Windfarm ltd. is operating broadly as normal but the COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown have caused delays to the supply chain and construction schedule. As a result, the commissioning deadline, originally set for November 2020, has been pushed back to June 2021.

In the spring, Navantia's and Windar Renovables' shipyards were closed and the five foundations were stranded at various stages of development. As of late September, the first three floating foundations were complete and ready for load-out in Fene, Spain.

reported last week, the vessel Fjord set sail from Spain to the Netherlands carrying the first foundation. The wind turbine components are currently at Sif's yard in Rotterdam where they will be mounted onto the foundations and finally towed to the Kincardine site.

CLV Global Symphony was carrying out cable installation over the summer and in September 2020 the vessel Atlantic Tonjer arrived on site to disconnect the first 2 MW turbine which, pending recertification, is due to be relocated within the array.

The project accounts have been assessed and the directors are satisfied that the company has adequate finance for the next 12 months and sufficient funds to complete development. Financial Statements will be prepared on a "going concern basis".

When commissioned the project aims to prove both the technological and the commercial readiness of floating offshore wind. It will generate approximately 220 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power 55,000 homes in Scotland, which would save 94,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent over fossil-fuelled electricity generation.

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