There was a topic posted in May 2016 about Statoil’s application to develop a windfarm off the coast of Scotland. No follow-up since then so I thought it might be worth revisiting.
Statoil is a Norwegian company focused on off-shore oil drilling. It is using this deepwater experience to build and manage infrastructure in difficult open sea conditions. The Hywind Scotland installation, located 25km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is online as of October 2017. The 30MW project cost £200 million ($263 million) and Statoil anticipates future projects will be built more quickly and at a lower cost.
The goal of Hywind Scotland is to “demonstrate that offshore wind energy can be harvested in deep waters, miles away from land, where installing giant turbines was once impractical or impossible” according to an October 18 article in Ars Technica. The towers are tall, reaching 176m (577 feet) above sea level and 78m (256 feet) below it, to facilitate the rotor diameter of 154m (505 feet).
Is this potentially the application that would allow seasteading in international waters?
Original thread: New floating wind farm