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  • Statoil floats Scottish plans

    Scotland's wind industry potential received another boost yesterday, after First Minister Alex Salmond met with the Norwegian oil company, Statoil, to discuss what could be the world's first floating wind farm.

    Statoil, working with Scottish Development International and Marine Scotland have identified a site near Lewis and also one off the Aberdeenshire coast suitable to further test their Hywind floating turbines.

    The first full scale Hywind unit was installed 10km off the Norwegian coast at Karmøy last year and Statoil have been impressed with its performance.  The units can be placed at depths of between 120 and 700 metres.

    Alex Salmond said:  "The Hywind II wind farm project would see a Scotland-Norway collaboration push the boundaries of deepwater offshore wind beyond the 100m mark and open up vast areas of the world's oceans to the development of wind energy for the first time.

    "Scotland has already pioneered the development of deepwater offshore wind with the highly successful Beatrice Offshore Wind Demonstrator in the Moray Firth, which enabled the UK Round Three and Scottish Territorial Waters offshore wind sites to be offered in water depths up to 60 metres."

    The First Minister is currently meeting with other ministers and industry leaders to ensure that Scotland builds a strong link with other North Sea countries and becomes a key player in the changing energy landscape of the area.

    He said: "We are working to maximise the huge benefits that offshore wind can bring to Scotland - estimated to be around £30 billion worth of investment and up to 20,000 Scottish jobs, while cutting emissions and delivering energy security."

    Reporter: Simon Hadley
    Photo: Geir Søvik / Statoil



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