Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm

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We have been working with Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) since 2013 as an active member of the development team. We are developing one of the world’s first arrays of floating wind turbines by 2020 which will establish a leading position for Scotland in the development and deployment of this novel technology.

This will be a pilot-scale demonstrator offshore wind farm utilising a semi-spar floating foundation technology, which will demonstrate the technological and commercial feasibility of floating offshore wind. Floating foundations open the possibility for future offshore wind farms to be located further from shore in deeper waters, minimising visual impacts whilst accessing hitherto untapped wind resources.

The wind farm will have the capacity to provide 218GWhr of electricity which is the equivalent to powering over 55,000 homes in Scotland, and will see a reduction of over 94,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to fossil fuelled power sources.

We have taken the Project from initial concept design to pre-consent determination. The journey has been significant and challenging, and was made possible by our in-house expertise in marine environmental assessment and consenting. The marine and coastal team provided a ‘one stop shop’ for the licensing and assessment of the Project including:

  • Environmental Scoping Assessment
  • Environmental Baseline Studies and Reports
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Statement
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment 
  • Bird Collision Risk Modelling
  • Marine Licence and Section 36 Applications
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Ongoing project support – containing installation and operation and maintenance include:

  • Further requirements for marine licences e.g. geotechnical/geophysical survey requirements
  • Further requirements for small works consent applications to The Crown Estate e.g.  scientific equipment deployment 
  • Ongoing support and advice related to defined marine licence and S36 Rochdale envelope to project engineers
  • Authoring Project Environmental Management Plan
  • Authoring environmental monitoring programme
  • Ongoing stakeholder engagement 

Key facts

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd

Project cost:
Marine and coastal costs to install the wind farm will be approximately £500,000

Installation will finish early 2020

Environmental Scoping Assessment, Environmental Statement, Habitat Regulations Assessment (all available on the Marine Scotland Website)





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