Hywind

Aibel was a key partner throughout Equinor’s high-profile pilot project off the coast of Scotland.

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Valuable offshore wind experience

In the summer of 2014, Aibel was awarded the contract for FEED and EMA of substructures for the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind Pilot Park, which was built off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Subsequently Aibel also worked on the detailed design of the mill towers and EIT system, in addition to having a responsibility for procurements.

In February 2017 Aibel was awarded the contract for assistance in connection with commissioning of the five wind turbines on Stord. The contract also included assistance during installation in the field.

Aibels work was conducted from the offices in Oslo and Haugesund and at its peak, 60 employees was involved in the project. Aibel cooperated closely with subcontractors such as the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Dr.techn.Olav Olsen AS and Principa North AS.

Facts

Contract: FEED and EMA (Front End Engineering Design and Engineering and Management Assistance)

Client: Equinor

Value: Approx. NOK 40 million

Delivery: 2017

Equinor has installed a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometres offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland.

Production started in late 2017 and the wind farm will power around 20,000 households.

The pilot park will cover around four square kilometres, at a water depth of 95-120 metres. The average wind speed in this area of the North Sea is around 10 metres per second.