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Statkraft buys all Kincardine output

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Norwegian energy company Statkraft is to buy all the electricity from the 50MW Kincardine floating offshore wind farm off Scotland under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

The deal, with Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd (KOWL), will provide over 200,000 megawatt-hours a year to the national grid.

Statkraft will purchase all electrical output from the floating wind project with a guaranteed minimum price per MWh until 2029.

KOWL managing director from majority owner Cobra Group Jaime Altolaguirre said: "We entered into this agreement with Statkraft with confidence, knowing that selecting them and selecting this particular PPA structure, provided us with clarity on our long-term income.

"It also gave us a partner that we were willing to work with on a long-term basis.

"We wanted a counterparty who had offshore wind experience in the UK and a track record with UK law firms, funders and investors.

"Statkraft, as Europe's largest supplier of renewable energy, stood out due to their own large-scale investment and operational experience in this region.

"This solid experience allowed them to provide bankable and competitive commercial terms and to agree them quickly."

Statkraft manager of long-term PPA origination John Puddephatt said: "We are proud to be one of the partners that helped bring this highly innovative project to completion.

"This is the first floating project that Statkraft has been involved in and we expect more to follow; a key technology that could help countries around the world achieve their renewable energy targets.

"PPAs such as these play a key role in providing project owners with financial predictability and security therefore helping enable long term investment and financing.

"Statkraft has a firm and longstanding interest in Scotland, as it is one of the most important countries in the challenge to achieve global carbon neutrality, due to its favourable conditions for renewable energy.

"We are pleased to take Scotland and the wider UK a step closer to achieving their net zero carbon targets."

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