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The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Scotland’s North-east
Press release 2018-09-07 14:15

Vattenfall inaugurates Scottish offshore wind farm

Today, on 7 September 2018, the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, with the world's largest turbine capacity, is inaugurated in the presence of Vattenfall`s CEO Magnus Hall and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.

The innovative EOWDC (European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre), is at the heart of Vattenfall's drive for low cost offshore wind power. The EOWDC, in Scotland’s North-east will produce enough electricity to meet the power demand of approximately 80,000 British households (312 GWh) every year.

Magnus Hall, CEO of Vattenfall, said: “Vattenfall is in Britain to grow. The success of our wind power investments over the past decade, and the ambition of Scottish and UK governments to transform the energy and transport sectors, give us confidence in our UK future. As we forge new partnerships in heat, e-mobility, retail, power distribution and wind over the next ten years we will be at the forefront of the UK’s decarbonisation of energy.”  

Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall, said: “We have built this pioneering project in partnership and we especially appreciate the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland, for their commitment to deploying what is arguably the world’s most innovative wind farm. The sheer power and majesty on display at the EOWDC is thanks to the skill, expertise, experience and commitment to safety of Vattenfall’s engineers, specialists and suppliers. 

Future wind power technology will be tested at the EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay, which is one of the first testing facilities of its kind. The aim is to accelerate the wind power industry’s drive for competitive renewable electricity generation. The eleven wind turbines, two 8.8 MW and nine 8.4 MW, have the largest turbine capacity in commercial operation in the world. One single rotor lap from the record 8.8 MW turbine provides a British household with electricity for a full day.

At EOWDC, essentially two areas will be studied:

* New wind power technology
The technology for building the foundations of the turbine towers is new. Instead of using traditional monopiles (hollow steel tubes), a new technique has been used at Aberdeen Bay; so-called suction buckets. The method is suitable for seabed with shallow rock strata, is virtually silent which minimizes the disturbance of wildlife at sea.

* How the marine life is affected by wind farms
For studies of marine wildlife around wind farms, Vattenfalll and the EU have invested EUR 3 million to study the effect of offshore wind farms on dolphins, salmon, sea trout and sea birds.

Facts EOWDC:
Installed capacity: 93.2 MW
Annual production: 312 GWh
Number of wind turbines: 11
Capacity turbines: 8.8 MW (2), 8.4 MW (9)
Investment cost: EUR 350 million

For more information, contact:
Vattenfall Press Office +46 8 739 5010, press@vattenfall.com

 
Vattenfall is a leading European energy company, that for more than 100 years has electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living through innovation and cooperation. We now want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. Therefore we are driving the transition to a more sustainable energy system through growth in renewable production and climate smart energy solutions for our customers. We employ approximately 20,000 people and have operations mainly in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and Finland. Vattenfall is owned by the Swedish state. For more information: corporate.vattenfall.com

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