"Hywind is a hugely exciting project – in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation – and it's a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world's largest floating wind farm," John Swinney, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, said in a release.
The Scottish government said that the development could provide power for as many as 19,900 homes.
The turbines will be connected to the seabed by what the Scottish government described as a "three-point mooring spread and anchoring system." According to Statoil, the turbines will operate in waters greater than 100 meters in depth.
"Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source," Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil's executive vice president for new energy solutions, said in a release.
"Statoil's objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential," Rummelhoff added.