The Dounreay Trì floating offshore wind demonstration project off the Scottish coast has been granted planning approval by Scotland’s minister for business, innovation and energy Paul Wheelhouse.
The two-turbine demonstration project will be located approximately six kilometres off the Caithness coastline.
Approval comes after the recent approval of the Kincardine floating offshore windfarm and last year’s consent of the Hywind Scotland pilot, which means Scotland has now agreed planning permission for up to 92 megawatts (MW) of floating offshore wind. The demonstration project will have a capacity up to 12MW.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector. This not only highlights our commitment to exploring this innovative technology, but offers real scope for the development of wind energy projects in deeper water, in Scotland and across the world.
Responding to news, Lindsay Roberts, senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Hexicon’s Dounreay Trì is another ground-breaking project for Scotland’s renewable energy sector and shows how our natural resources and skilled supply chain are proving attractive to businesses from across the globe. Scotland is home to approximately 25 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind resource and we are now starting to build out projects which will harness this potential. The Scottish government has shown its ambition to generate the equivalent of half of all energy consumed from renewable sources by 2030 and offshore wind can play a key role in meeting that ambition.”