European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a ground breaking new facility currently being developed by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (AOWFL) – a joint venture between Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – plus development consortium partner Technip.
The consent application was submitted in August 2011 with an Addendum submitted in July 2012. Scottish Ministers granted approval for the project on Tuesday 26th March 2013. The 11 turbine scheme located off the Aberdeen coast will have an installed capacity of up to 100MW and over twelve months would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households.
Work to address conditions associated with the consent will begin shortly in liaison with Marine Scotland and statutory advisors, with the aim of commencing offshore construction in 2015. In the interim period, project partners will continue to work closely with the local community and build upon the wide support that the project has received throughout the initial development phase.
In August 2010 AOWFL was awarded exclusive rights by The Crown Estate to develop the project in a zone off the City of Aberdeen. This innovative project has a grant award of up to forty million Euros from the European Union under the €4bn European Energy Programme for Recovery (new window)
The Deployment Centre will allow offshore wind farm developers and associated supply chain companies to test new designs, prove existing products and receive independent validation and accreditation before commercial deployment.
This will contribute to reducing development risks and lowering capital costs, and provide an opportunity to test reliability and capacity in a real time, offshore environment. The project will provide electricity to the national grid and will disseminate lessons learned to the EU industry at large.
At the heart of the project is an interaction between research, testing and training facilities alongside a commercially operated, highly instrumented offshore wind farm.
In May 2011, the project issued a rallying call to Europe's innovators encouraging turbine manufacturers, supply chain companies, universities and research establishments to engage and identify possible involvement on EOWDC. A supply chain event, supported by Scottish Enterprise took place on 27th June 2011. Please see press release and brochure links to the right for further details.
Following the consent decision of the Scottish Ministers in March 2013, project partners will now start planning a forward programme for the development of the wind farm and details of future supply chain opportunities will be released in due course.
Offshore consent application and submission of an Addendum to the Environmental Statement
Onshore Transmission Works planning application and Environmental Report
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