12 April 2005 – The world’s first deepwater wind energy turbines will be constructed off eastern Scotland, after a contract was awarded to Amec by Talisman Energy and its project partner Scottish and Southern Energy.
Amec, the international project and management services company, will design and manage the delivery of two 5 MW turbines which will be sited in 45 metres of water in the Moray Firth, approximately 70 kilometres north east of Inverness.
The demonstration project, which will aim to prove the technical and commercial viability of deepwater offshore wind turbines, is being partly funded by the Scottish Executive, the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry and the EU.
The new project will involve research bodies across Europe in the development of new technologies to overcome the challenge of transmitting electricity back to shore.
Subject to planning approval, installation and commissioning will be carried out during the second and third quarters of 2006.