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First Hywind turbine arrives off north-east coast

The first of five floating wind turbines arrives in Scotland.

The first turbine for Statoil’s Hywind project was pulled into the Buchan Deep off Peterhead yesterday.

The floating turbine is the first of five to arrive in Scottish waters with the remaining four expected to be here before the end of July.

The fully floating five structure windfarm will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Each structure measures nearly 260 meters in height but 80 meters of that will be submerged underwater.

Statoil and Masder, who own the windfarm, hope these new turbines will be a substantial development in the renewable wind energy market.

Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions, said: “Statoil is proud to develop the world’s first floating wind farm. Our objective with the Hywind pilot park is to demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial, utility-scale floating wind farms.

“This will further increase the global market potential for offshore wind energy, contributing to realising our ambition of profitable growth in renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions.”

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