, the international project management and services company, has been awarded a contract to design and manage delivery of the world’s first deepwater wind energy turbines in the
approximately 70 kilometres north east of
Two 5MW turbines will be sited in 45 metres of water. They are part of a demonstration programme to prove technical and commercial viability of deepwater offshore wind turbines.
The project will develop new technologies and processes to enable
Deepwater wind farms are less visually intrusive than land-based or shallow-water wind farms. However, their remoteness presents a challenge in transmitting electricity back to shore. The turbines will be located near to Talisman’s Beatrice oilfield where existing infrastructure and connections will be modified to accept electricity from the turbines for onward transmission to shore. The field’s production platforms will also provide a base to carry out turbine monitoring and maintenance.
Subject to planning approval, installation will be carried out during Summer 2006 and commissioning of first power will be completed by late Summer.
The Beatrice oilfield itself is located in UKCS Block 11/30 in the