Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) recently was awarded a contract for the transport and installation of five floating wind turbines for the 50 MW Kincardine floating wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen in Scotland.
For Boskalis it is the first floating wind contract. The company received the contract from Cobra Wind International Ltd., the mayority owner of the project developing company Kincardine Offshore Wind.
The Kincardine offshore wind farm is located around 15 km off the coast of Aberdeen and will feature will feature a total of six offshore turbines from MHI Vestas, including five V164-9.525 MW turbines and one V80-2.0 MW. The 2 MW turbine was already installed in 2018.
The 5 turbines, each with a capacity of 9.525 MW, will be anchored at a depth of sixty to eighty meters. Boskalis will use the heavy anchor handling tug (AHT) BOKA Falcon to install the anchors and chains on the seabed. These activities are to start this month.
The floating foundations for the 5 wind turbines are designed by Principle Power and manufactured by Navantia and Windar in Spain. The foundations will be transported from Ferrol in Spain to Rotterdam, using the Fjord as a semi-submersible barge.
In Rotterdam, the wind turbines will be mounted on the foundations, after which the floating wind turbines are towed to the wind farm. In addition to the BOKA Falcon and Fjord, three Boskalis AHTs will be deployed on this project.
Kincardine will be the world’s first floating wind power project to use wind turbines of more than 9MW capacity.