Isleburn to Deliver Hywind’s Suction Anchors
Statoil has awarded a contract to Isleburn Limited in North of Scotland for providing the suction anchors to the world’s first floating wind farm.
Isleburn Limited, part of Global Energy Group, will provide 15 suction anchors for the Hywind pilot park to be delivered in the beginning of 2017.
“The suction anchors represent important components in this innovative project. The Hywind pilot park confirms the UK and Scotland’s position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source,” said Stephen Bull, Statoil’s senior vice president for Offshore Wind.
Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, says: “Isleburn and Global Energy Group have used their experience from the oil and gas sector to be awarded this contract award. We continue to work closely with Statoil to ensure that other Scottish companies can also benefit from this project and to learn lessons for the future. We want to position Scotland as a world leader in this area as we look to utilise floating wind technology to unlock the deeper offshore sites.”
The fabrication of the suction anchors will take place in Isleburn’s facilities at Nigg Energy Park, starting in Q1 2016 with delivery in Q1 2017.
Statoil will install the 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017.
Statoil’s onshore operation and maintenance base will be located in Peterhead, also drawing on resources from Statoil’s existing office in Aberdeen.
Image: Statoil/Hywind Scotland