First Kincardine floating wind turbine

wind turbine First floating wind turbine of the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm in Scotland. Credit: Vryhof

Bourbon Subsea Services has installed the first floating wind turbine of the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm in Scotland as part of a contract with Spanish construction group Cobra Wind.

The delivery of the operational scopes at the site, 15km off the coast of Aberdeen, included towing the ‘floater’ from Edinburgh to Dundee, pre-laying the four-leg mooring system and installing the fully assembled wind turbine on site. This was optimised by taking advantage of the local supply chain, said Bourbon.

Patrick Belenfant, CEO of Bourbon, said: “Delivered on time, this safe and efficient installation strengthens BOURBON’s track record which dates back to 2011. It confirms our leadership position in the floating offshore wind farm installation market.

“We are delighted to have been selected for this pioneering project and to have deployed our experienced team to support Cobra Wind in reaching a key milestone of the 50 MW Kincardine Offshore Wind farm development”

Project partners

The Bourbon project management team worked in close collaboration with Cobra Wind; the designer of the semi-submersible floating foundations, Principle Power; and the mooring system provider, Vryhof.

“The operation is split into two parts. First the pre-lay and then when that is complete the WindFloat arrives on location to be hooked-up,” said Thierry Guillou, Bourbon construction manager.

He added: The target for placing the anchor on the seabed is tight. Much tighter than working with a rig

Christian Cermelli, chief naval architect at Principle Power, said: “The WindFloat Technology is designed to be fully assembled at the quayside. Then you go offshore where you have pre-assembled a mooring system, where the lines are waiting for you.

“So, you hook up, connect to the electricity cable and you’re ready to produce without bringing massive vessels and expensive operations.

The engineering phase of the turnkey project was initiated in May 2018.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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