World’s Deepest Offshore Wind Farm Nearing Installation

At the Talisman Energy Inc.-operated Beatrice oil platform last week, work started on the installation of a 35 million GBP (USD$ 64 million) deepwater wind farm demonstrator project 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland. Attending were Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner for the European Union, Deputy First Minister for Scotland Nicol Stephen and Jim Buckee of Talisman Energy Inc. The project, a joint venture between Talisman Energy (UK) Limited and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), will use two of the largest turbines installed anywhere in the world to test the technical and economic feasibility of deepwater wind farms in water depths of about 45 meters. Electricity generated by the demonstrator project will be used to power the Beatrice platform.