The 50 MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm is located 15 km off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in water depths ranging from 60 m to 80 m.
The project consists of five Vestas V164-9.5 MW and one V80-2 MW turbine, each installed on WindFloat® semi-submersible platforms designed by Principle Power.
The Kincardine project was started back in 2014 by Allan MacAskill and Lord Nicol Stephen, now both directors of Flotation Energy plc. In 2016 Cobra Group became the main investor in Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (KOWL).
Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of Cobra Group, has been responsible for the delivery of the project, including engineering, construction, installation and commissioning.
The Kincardine project is not only the world’s largest. It has also been a fantastic foundation for other joint venture projects between Cobra and Flotation Energy. Our Round 4 success with the 480 MW Morecambe project, our 7 GW of bids into the Scotwind leasing round and our White Cross 100 MW floating project in the South West are all signs of our confidence in Scotland and the U.K. Floating wind is set for massive growth in the future - and we want to do more.
— Cobra Group
In addition to being the largest floating wind farm in the world, the development also features another first, using the highest capacity wind turbines ever installed on floating platforms.
Kincardine will generate over 200 GWh of green electricity a year, enough renewable electricity to power more than 50.000 Scottish households.
The completion of Kincardine comes at a pivotal time in determining Scotland’s leadership in the floating offshore sector. Kincardine Offshore Windfarm has shown that the largest and most advanced wind turbines available can be installed on floating platforms in the challenging North Sea environment. The project proves that floating wind can play a vital role in tackling climate change not only in Scotland and the UK, but also around the world.
— Cobra Group
The Kincardine team has also announced the selection of Aberdeen as its operations and maintenance base.
Our local team, managed by Cobra, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project. We will be using Scottish based companies with proven North Sea capabilities, drawing on their experience maintaining offshore semi-submersibles and platforms over the last 50 years. It could not be a better fit.
— Cobra Group
Kincardine is further showing the readiness and commercial potential of floating technology. With 80% of the world’s offshore wind resources in deep water areas, floating technologies like the WindFloat® open several new geographies to harness the boundless supply of clean energy contained therein. The UK has led the way in realizing the potential of floating wind and is now recognised globally as a key market for floating wind developments. Kincardine demonstrates the readiness of floating wind to support the government’s net zero ambitions ahead of the forthcoming lease awards in ScotWind, floating wind leasing rounds managed by Crown Estate Scotland.
— Principle Power
The Kincardine project shows how boundaries of offshore wind technology are constantly being pushed forward. We have once again demonstrated that the world’s most powerful turbines can be installed on floating substructures.
We stand ready for the next phase of commercial scale floating offshore wind. With appropriate policy and regulations, floating technology offers the UK an opportunity to expand its global leadership position in offshore wind and build further opportunities for the domestic supply chain. We are proud to be part of the pioneering Kincardine project.
— Vestas Central & Northern Europe
Photo courtesy of Cobra Group
Photo courtesy of Cobra Group
About Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind
- Developer: Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (KOWL). Established in 2014 by Allan MacAskill and Lord Nicol Stephen. Majority owned by the Cobra Group.
- EPC Contractor: Cobra Wind International Limited (CWIL).
- Turbines: 5 x Vestas V164-9.525 MW turbines and 1 x V80-2 MW
- Blade tip height: 190 meters
- Foundation: WindFloat® (floating, semi-submersible type)
- Project Capacity: 50 MW
- Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
- Distance from Shore: 15 km
- Water Depth: 60-80 meters
- Nominal Voltage: 33 kV
- Number of homes powered annually: over 50.000
- Expected life: at least 25 years
About Cobra Group
Cobra is a worldwide leader in the development, construction and management of industrial infrastructure and energy projects. Cobra has an international presence in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
In recent years the company has focused on renewable energy projects, including onshore & offshore wind and solar power.
About Principle Power
Principle Power is a global energy technology and services company. The company’s proven and in-demand WindFloat® floating technology is unlocking offshore wind potential worldwide by enabling projects to harvest the best wind resource, irrespective of water depth or seabed condition. Principle Power acts as a trusted partner to developers, independent power producers, utilities and EPCs, supporting its customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their projects. With 75 MW of cumulative capacity in operation, Principle Power is the clear market leader in floating wind technology. The company has secured exclusivity to supply the WindFloat® to commercial-scale projects totaling 4 GW and is supporting customers to deliver their portfolios of cost-competitive floating wind projects worldwide.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 140 GW of wind turbines in 85 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 120 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 29,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.