Onshore Planning Application Submitted for 100 MW Scottish Floater

Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (PFOWF) has submitted the onshore planning application to the Highland Council for its 100 MW floating offshore wind project located off the north coast of Scotland.

Following public consultation, very few changes were made to the application for Planning Permission in Principle.

This application covers the onshore infrastructure elements of the project and includes the onshore application boundary, an Environmental Impact Assessment, and visualisations of indicative substation locations.

When approved, this consent will enable the project to build an onshore substation with cables that will feed power from the floating offshore wind turbines into the existing local grid network.

The onshore application follows the offshore consent application submitted by PFOWF to Marine Scotland in August of this year.

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“Submitting the onshore planning application marks another key milestone for Pentland, which will be capable of providing clean energy to approximately 70,000 homes, bringing a number of benefits to the local area in the process”, said Richard Copeland, Project Director.

The Pentland floating wind project is being developed by Highland Wind Limited, which is majority-owned by a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) with Hexicon as a minority shareholder. Project development activities are being led by CIP’s development partner, Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP). 

At the beginning of this year, the project received GBP 9.6 million of UK government funding to develop and demonstrate a suite of UK-manufactured innovative floating wind technologies for the first time.

After receiving feedback from the stakeholders and the local community, the PFOWF consortium decided to reduce the area of the wind farm site by half and the number of turbines being installed from ten to seven.

In October, the PFOWF consortium selected Stiesdal Offshore’s TetraSub as the floating foundation technology for the 100 MW floating offshore wind project.

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The manufacturing of TetraSub floating foundations does not take place at the quayside and instead, these ready-made modules are assembled in ports using existing infrastructure to form a complete foundation.

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Photo: Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm