Floating Wind Turbine Developer Strengthens Commitment to Caithness Community

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Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (PFOWF) has signed an agreement with Scrabster Harbor Trust to work together on the development of operations and maintenance requirements, services and facilities.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also provides for organizations to commit to exploring the potential for construction support services and major component replacement for floating wind turbines.

This builds on the work carried out by Scrabster Harbor throughout the early stages of the project, including the mobilization and demobilization of vessels for geophysical and geotechnical surveys and the use of port facilities during commissioning and the deployment of wind measurement equipment in 2020.

Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) manages PFOWF’s development activities on behalf of Highland Wind, itself majority owned by Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

Richard Copeland, Project Director at COP UK, said: “This MoU demonstrates the benefits that the Pentland offshore floating wind farm could bring to the Caithness region.

“Scrabster is uniquely positioned to support the Pentland Project throughout its lifespan and recent investments, such as the St Ola Pier, which officially opened last week, and the Deep Water Basin, have only added value. strengthen this position. “

Scrabster Harbor Trust Director Sandy Mackie said: “The Pentland Project is already bringing work to Scrabster and we are excited to build on this working relationship to make Scrabster the facility for the project.

“In addition to providing direct opportunities to the port and to a larger area, Pentland will also provide the perfect opportunity to further demonstrate our capabilities and readiness to support offshore wind, such as the larger scale projects that will be deployed through ScotWind. ”

The PFOWF is also undertaking a local supply chain and socio-economic study with the University of Highlands and Islands and Xodus to assess the benefits that the development of Scrabster will bring to the region.

The development of the PFOWF is planned in two stages.

The first is a unique turbine demonstrator that will showcase new floating wind technology with high localization potential in Scotland, with deployment scheduled for 2024.

The second stage is the larger grid project – up to 10 turbines – which will collectively be able to generate up to 100 MW.

Construction of the network is expected to begin in 2024 and will be operational in 2026. When completed, the network will be the largest of its kind in the world.

The project announcement follows recent confirmation that CIP, through one of its funds, has entered the ScotWind process as part of a consortium with SSE Renewables and Marubeni Corporation.

The three companies will combine their local experience and global expertise to help Scotland deliver 10 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind projects.

The Pentland Demo will be located approximately 6.5 km off the north coast of Caithness and will be capable of generating 8.6 MW from a structure designed to withstand the type of harsh conditions that prevail in Scottish waters.

The exact floating technology solutions for the demonstration have yet to be announced, but a key consideration is to build on existing technical expertise in Scotland to maximize opportunities for supply chains and local communities.

Scrabster Harbor Trust was established in 1841 and is the UK’s northernmost mainland trading port.

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