Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9, the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine — an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.


The EOWDC facility is located in Aberdeen Bay. Vattenfall said that the turbine it installed on Monday is one of two MHI Vestas turbines that have enhanced internal power modes so that they generate more wind energy. The two turbines have each increased from 8.4 MW to 8.8 MW.

The turbines are being transported from Esbjerg to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel, the Pacific Orca, where they will be lifted into position on the installed foundations. The Pacific Orca is believed to be the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel.

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