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
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
"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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