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Dounreay Trì falls into administration

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 25/07/2017 4C Offshore
Hexicon ABThe realisation of the Dounreay Trì floating wind farm project has come to a halt with the project company, Dounreay Trì Ltd, falling into administration. The company is wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish design and engineering Hexicon AB who planned to use the project to demonstrate the feasibility of its multi-turbine floating platform.

Brian Milne and Linda Barr of Glasgow-based accountancy firm French Duncan have been appointed as the administrators.

Construction of the floating platform was to be completed at the NIGG Shipyard in Scotland while the columns for the turbines were to be manufactured by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. Nigg was to also complete the final assembly.

Hexicon planned to have the Dounreay Trì project in operation by the summer of 2018. The project consists of a floating semi-submersible platform designed by Hexicon which will support two offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity between 8-12MW.

The platforms are not limited by water depth and allow for the deployment of offshore wind in remote areas where winds are stronger and more stable. Wind farms can therefore be operational out of sight and in areas where the environmental impact is minimal.

The export cable was planned to bring electricity generated by the project ashore near Sandside bay, from here the electricity will be integrated into the grid using the existing substation at Dounreay.

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