On Wednesday, 11 November, MHI Vestas installed the first V164 9.5 MW turbine on a floating foundation at Sif’s premises at Maasvlakte 2. This makes it the largest and most powerful offshore turbine used in a floating wind project.
The turbine is part of the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm in Scottish waters. It is the first of a total of 5 V164-9.5 MW turbines to be placed on a floating platform. The foundation is designed by Principle Power and manufactured by Navantia and Windar in Spain. The turbines are being assembled at Maasvlakte 2. The first foundation arrived in mid-October. Boskalis was responsible for the transport, using the semi-submersible heavy load vessel “Fjord”.
Boskalis is also responsible for the transport and installation of the turbines. The units will be installed approximately 15 km offshore, south of Aberdeen, at water depths of 60 to 80 meters. This first 9.5 MW unit is expected to be anchored at the project site in December 2020.
Kincardine, developed by Cobra Group, will be the largest floating wind farm in the world based on nominal capacity. In addition to the five 9.5 MW turbines, the project also includes a V80-2.0 MW turbine. The latter was installed in 2018. This brings the total capacity for the wind farm to almost 50 MW.