The world’s first commercial scale floating wind farm is nearing completion as all five wind turbines, which will be installed onto floating platforms, are en route from Norway to be anchored to the seabed 25 kilometers from Scotland, project partner Masdar said Monday.
The 30 megawatt (MW) Hywind Scotland wind farm, which will be located in the North Sea, will provide around 22,000 U.K. homes with renewable electricity once completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The wind farm, a £210 million project unveiled in late 2015, is a partnership between the international energy company Statoil and Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar.
Masdar owns 25 percent stake in the project while lead operator Statoil owns 75 percent.
Hywind Scotland is the second offshore wind partnership between Masdar and Statoil after the 402 MW Dudgeon wind farm, due to generate electricity by the second half of 2017.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic