The world's largest floating wind farm has been given the go-ahead to be built off the coast of Scotland after the company that runs the Queen's real estate granted energy giant Statoil a lease.
In a statement on Monday, The Crown Estate, an independent company that manages the Queen's £11.5 billion portfolio across the United Kingdom, said that "preliminary on-shore and near-shore works" would begin later this year, with the deployment of turbines set to take place in 2017. The leasing of the seabed is managed by The Crown Estate.
According to Statoil, the project will center around five 6 megawatt floating turbines, and will be situated between 25 to 30 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland. The turbines will float on waters "exceeding 100 meters in depth," Statoil says.