First Kincardine foundation makes it to the harbour

The first foundation for the
Kincardine floating wind farm has arrived at the installation harbour in Rotterdam. The 50 MW wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland will be the largest floating wind project in the world once fully installed.

Boskalis has been charged with transporting and installing five floating wind turbines for the project. This first foundation was transported onboard its semi-submersible barge, Fjord, which was towed by Seraya, an oceangoing tug, from the fabrication yard to the installation harbour.

As previously reported, Navantia shipped out this floating foundation earlier this month. At the harbour, turbines will be mounted on the foundations. In the meantime, mooring spreads are being installed on the seabed; these will connect to the turbines.

Kincardine floating offshore wind farm is being built by COBRA Group, 15km offshore from the Scottish coast of Aberdeen. It will have capacity of 50 MW and feature a 2 MW turbine and five 9.525 MW turbines installed on semi-submersible floating structures designed by Principle Power. The project is located in water depths ranging between 60 and 80 metres.

The 2 MW turbine was put in operation at the site last year, in order to meet the Renewables Obligation Certificates deadline. The project was expected be fully operational by the end of 2020.
However, as reported exclusively to 4C Offshore subscribers earlier this week, it is facing COVID-19-related delays, with full commissioning potentially moved back as late as June 2021.

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