European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) currently hosts the world’s most powerful wind turbines.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre has deployed innovative next generation technology. Underlining the vision for the more than £300 million EOWDC is the installation of two V164-8.8MW turbines and nine V164-8.4MW turbines paired with suction bucket jacket foundations, an industry first. Construction of the facility, which also includes 66kV cabling, began in October 2016, with first power generated on 1st July 2018. The operations and maintenance (O&M) team is based at Aberdeen Harbour.

The EOWDC has been awarded up to €40million of funding from the European Union and is supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

EOWDC is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.

Project facts

Installed capacity 93.2 MW
Annual displace of CO2 Annually displaces over 134,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing approx. 35,000 cars from UK roads
Average annual homes equivalent 80,000 homes
Average Aberdeen demand equivalent Generates the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and 23% of Aberdeen's total demand
Annual investment in Community £150,000 to a Community Benefit Scheme


Revisions to the Decommissioning Programme

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL), a company wholly owned by Vattenfall, has updated the Decommissioning Programme previously consulted on in August 2017 in order to address comments received from the Marine Scotland Licensing and Operations Team (MS-LOT). Therefore, the Decommissioning Programme is required to be re-issued for consultation.

A summary of the changes is as follows:

  • Clarification of cable decommissioning options;
  • Inclusion of periodic internal review of the Decommissioning Programme; and
  • Inclusion of post-decommissioning monitoring commitments.

AOWFL has made provision to review the Environmental Impact Statement prior to commencement of decommissioning and to determine, with consultation, whether an EIA is required. In addition, the Decommissioning Programme will be further updated, finalised and consulted on closer to the end of the operational lifetime of the EOWDC.

The revised Decommissioning Programme and a summary of consultation responses received previously can be accessed via this link. Any comments on the revised Programme should be submitted to this email address on or prior to 13 June 2020. Any responses received after this date may not be addressed. 

The EOWDC film

Learn more about the innovative EOWDC by watching this film

Suction bucket jacket foundations

Suction bucket jackets form a key component of the EOWDC and underpin the facility's test and demonstration of innovation. The novel foundation type, a three-legged jacket foundation with suction buckets, support each of the 11 wind turbines. The game-changing foundations were installed in one lift, enabling faster and efficient installation.

66kV Cabling

The EOWDC is utilising cutting edge 66kV transmission and cabling, making the north east the driver of this new technology. Advancing to next generation 66kV cabling to transport the energy produced from the turbines to the onshore substation boosting power transmission, improving efficiency and reliability.

The implementation of this cabling contributes to the offshore industry's cost reductions targets, improving lifecycle costs and lowering levelised cost of electricity.

Innovation opportunities

Vattenfall and ORE Catapult formed an agreement to  give innovators the opportunity to test and demonstrate new technology in real-world operating conditions at the EOWDC.

Community benefit and partnerships

Involving the North East community throughout the development through the lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a priority for us.

Our vision is that we continue to have a positive impact in the North East of Scotland. We are committed to being a good neighbour and to maximising the benefits that this innovative project brings to the area. As well as supporting local events like the Blackdog Community Gala, the project continues to support programmes in the region that are focussed on climate smarter possibilities.

Unlock our future fund

Vattenfall have committed to annually investing £150,000 in a community benefit scheme for the 20 year lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, in Aberdeen Bay.

The scheme will invest in projects that look to the future and clearly demonstrate all four of the criteria outlined below:

  • a legacy and lasting impact
  • its contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core
  • investment in community facilities that are fit for the future and environmentally
  • sustainable
  • a benefit to the local community

Foundation Scotland

Visit Foundation Scotland's website for more information on the fund and to access the application forms and the support on offer for community groups and organisations across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

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Scientific Research Programme

A €3million scientific research programme to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind is currently being funded and facilitated at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Believed to be the largest research programme of its kind, and one which will put Scotland at the industry forefront of research and development, the programme funds in-depth scientific research and monitoring in a real-time environment.

A scientific panel, made up of specialists in the field, advised on the selection of research projects to receive funding to study the environment around the 11 wind turbine scheme.

Panel members included Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, RSPB Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and The Crown Estate.

Scientific research contact

For more information on the Scientific Research programme please get in touch.

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See also

Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm during construction

The wind industry is expected to generate thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.

EOWDC Scientific Research

At our wind farms a year round programme of environmental monitoring takes place.

We invest over £2.5mn into the local communities hosting our wind farm projects each year.