Ministers have given approved extending the lifetime of the European
Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
(EOWDC), off the coast of Aberdeen by three years. Project owner Vattenfall
applied for a variation to existing consents in April 2019, to extend the
wind farm lifetime (excluding decommissioning) from 22 to 25 years, in
order to align with the design life of the wind farm assets.
has been generating electricity since summer 2018, and is expected to continue
operating for another 24 years. It features two 8.8 MW and nine 8.4 MW
turbines, all supplied by MHI Vestas. According to Vattenfall, one single
rotor lap from the record 8.8 MW turbine provides a British household with
electricity for a full day.
The £300 million+ project is a testbed for new technology in the offshore
wind sector. The new components and techniques deployed at the Centre will
support the development of a low-cost industry that will form the backbone
of the transition to a net zero carbon economy. As one of Scotland’s largest
offshore test and demonstration facility, the 92.4 MW EOWDC,
will trial next-generation technology, and aims to generate the equivalent
of 70% of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand.
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