the european offshore wind deployment centre (eowdc) is scotland's largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.
The Vattenfall-owned project is located in Aberdeen Bay and will trial next generation technology and once operational, boost the industry's drive to competitive clean power.
The innovative 92.4MV 11-turbine offshore wind scheme is supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).
Underlining the vision for the more than £300 million EOWDC is the installation of V164-8.4MW turbines paired with suction bucket foundations. An industry first. Construction of the facility, which also includes 66kV cabling, began in October 2016, with first power generating in summer 2018 and operating for 20 years.
The EOWDC has been awarded up to €40million of funding from the European Union.
The Project recently announced the three tier one preferred Contractors - MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Murphy Group and Boskalis.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been nominated to supply the turbines with the scope of work including services to optimise production while Boskalis is the preferred offshore balance of plant (BoP) contractor for the construction and installation (EPCI) of the offshore infrastructure including the foundations and cabling.
Infrastructure specialist Murphy Group has been selected to provide the onshore substation and associated cabling work.
AOWFL has an Agreement for Lease with The Crown Estate (TCE), as part of its test and demonstration programme. As an active manager of the UK seabed, TCE awards leases for a range of activities, from offshore energy through to cables, pipelines and marine aggregates.
The EOWDC will:
•Annually produce 309 GWh.
•Have an installed capacity of 92.4MW.
•Annually displace 132,977 tonnes of CO2.
•Remove the equivalent of 730,492 cars from UK roads throughout its lifetime.
•Produce enough electricity every year to meet the equivalent annual demand of 78,529 homes.
•Generate the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and 23% of Aberdeen's total demand.