Pioneering new North Sea renewables project for North of Scotland


There are several massive projects underway to push Scotland toward 100% renewables energy supply by 2030. See for example:

Re-opened Scottish dock to build state-of-the-art floating windfarm to begin to exploit Scotland’s 25% share of all of Europe’s offshore wind potential

Four more major wind farms off east coast of Scotland

However, the first, smaller offshore windfarm, Statoil’s Hywind, 15 miles off Peterhead will be supplying power to the equivalent of 15 000 homes in October. Built essentially as a testbed for even larger floating windfarms, Hywind seems to have been a complete success and will be supplying Peterhead in around six weeks.

To maximise efficiency the wind turbines are huge, the height of Big Ben and with blades as big as typical airliner and have a motion controller enabling them to turn into the wind. Luckily they are well out of sight from any links course and so don’t spoil the view.

You’ll see from one of the above headlines that Scotland has around 25% of all of Europe’s wind potential. There have been days in the past when I might have moaned about that very fact as I struggled with an umbrella.


5 thoughts on “Pioneering new North Sea renewables project for North of Scotland

  1. gavin August 18, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Surely a disappointment that so little of the engineering originates in Scotland, once a major world player.
    CBI Scotland a poor joke in its continuing reluctance to invest in Scotland’s future potential.


  2. johnrobertson834 August 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    True but at least there’s a beginning with the Kishorn site to build the huge farm of Kincradineshire.


  3. Ludo Thierry August 18, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Hi John – Hi all.

    Gavin – your point is a good one. I suppose the question that rears its head is along the lines “How come it is a Norwegian (public owned) company Statoil which is designing, building and operating the world’s first floating wind farm which is located in Scottish waters?”.

    I wonder if the Norwegian people’s very sensible choice to re-establish themselves as an independent polity just over a hundred years ago might have something to do with it?

    Curious, isn’t it, how the much bruited benefits of the ‘broad shoulders and pooling and sharing’ of the UK haven’t resulted in Scottish engineering companies enjoying the equivalent necessary combinations of human and financial capital to undertake such cutting edge projects currently? I suspect a couple of years of independence will start to turn that situation around. Quick smart.

    Is there room for another quick good news story – this time on the West Coast? – Good – then I’ll begin (from the Greenock Telegraph):

    MILLIONS of pounds are being invested in a long-established plastics company in Greenock.

    The RPC BPI group, which employs about 130 people at its head office in Port Glasgow Road, this week unveiled its new- look £800,000 office and factory.

    Frank Doorenbosch, chief executive of the company, says a further £2 to £3m will be ploughed into the firm’s ‘revitalised’ flagship facility over the next two years.

    He said: “RPC bought BPI in August last year and we want to make it even better. Greenock is hugely important.

    We want to invest in the business and we want to focus on innovation and focus on our people.

    “As part of that we are working on creating a new technical centre, with an investment of £2-3 million over the next two years.

    In Greenock, we are building the company so that’s it’s a world leader. I have great ambitions.”

    The company produces about 275,000 tonnes of polythene films a year for a wide range of markets, including agriculture and horticulture and industrial and consumer products.

    It is also one of the largest recyclers of waste polythene film in Europe.

    Sounds like good news all round – (I was pleased to see the info about RPC BPI being a big recycler as well – hopefully that will form part of their Greenock investment plans).

    A good weekend to all – hopefully the weather will clear up a bit?



    • johnrobertson834 August 18, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Interesting stuff as always Ludo.

      ‘I wonder if the Norwegian people’s very sensible choice to re-establish themselves as an independent polity just over a hundred years ago might have something to do with it?’

      More than likely?


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