First ever V164-9.5 MW turbine installed on a floating wind project

In: Windfarms
11/11/2020
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MHI Vestas) has supported the installation of one of the largest and most powerful offshore wind turbines on a floating platform at the Kincardine offshore wind project.

The first V164-9.5 MW turbine was installed on a Principle Power WindFloat platform, the first of five such units to be installed at the Scottish project. The five units at the project will be installed about 15km off the coast of Kincardineshire, at water depths ranging from 60m to 80m. This first 9.5 MW unit is expected to be anchored at the project site in December 2020.

“We are proud to have the most powerful turbines installed on a floating offshore wind platform,”
said MHI Vestas Project Director, Allan Birk Wisby. “The V164-9.5 MW turbines are an excellent fit for the Kincardine project, and it is a great achievement by the team to have completed first installation at the quayside. We look forward to completing the remaining 4 units.”

COBRA Group, which is building the wind farm, said: “This is an exciting, world leading project developed by Cobra Group. The Kincardine floating windfarm will be the biggest ever built. The installation of the largest turbine ever to have been placed on a floating foundation represents a major milestone for the project and we are very much looking forward to seeing it generate power at site very soon.”


The
Kincardine floating offshore wind farm will have capacity of 50 MW when completed. A 2 MW turbine was put in operation at the site last year, in order to meet the Renewables Obligation Certificates deadline. Kincardine is expected to power approximately 35,000 Scottish households.

The project was expected be fully operational by the end of 2020. However, as
reported exclusively to 4C Offshore subscribers in October, it is facing COVID-19-related delays, with full commissioning potentially moved back as late as June 2021.

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