The developer of the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm, a 100-MW project to be located off the coast of Scotland, on Thursday said it has applied to vary its Section 36 consent and associated marine licences in order to refine the plan and change the proposed turbine number.
The consent variation application was lodged following additional survey activities regarding the project design that were carried out after the scheme was issued S36 consent and associated marine licences by Scottish authorities earlier this year. If the variations are approved, the developer will be able to lower the total number of turbines to be installed but keep the overall capacity intact. The geographical extent of the array will be limited, as well.
“Now, as a result of further design and survey work, we have proposed refinements to the consent to reflect the most accurate design parameters,” said Project director Richard Copeland.
Located 7.5 km off the coast of Dounreay in Caithness, the floating park is expected to generate power for around 70,000 homes annually once commissioned in 2026. It will deploy Stiesdal Offshore’s TetraSub floating structure technology.
Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm is being developed by Highland Wind Ltd, majority owned by a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Hexicon AB is a minority shareholder. Project development activities are led by Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP).