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'World's largest floating windfarm' completed off Scotland

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The six turbine project will generate over 200,000 MWh per year, enough to power 50,000 homes.

AN ABERDEEN-based renewables firm has hailed the completion of what is claimed to be the world's largest floating windfarm.

Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd (KOWL) said the milestone also marks the start of the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed in 2018 with Oslo-based Statkraft, which will purchase the electrical output from the floating wind project with a guaranteed minimum price per MWh until 2029.

It said the long-term route-to-market partnership with Statkraft, which is for 100 per cent of the electricity generated by the project, has been set up with pre-agreed terms for the full duration, reducing the financial risk to its investors.

Statkraft has invested close to £1.5 billion in the UK's renewable energy infrastructure and facilitated over six GW of new-build renewable energy generation through PPAs since 2006. A PPA is a contract between an energy generator and a buyer, and Statkraft is a leading provider of both short- and long-term PPAs, with over 10 years' experience in the UK market.

Jaime Altolaguirre, KOWL's managing director from Cobra Group, majority shareholder in KOWL, which has a presence in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, 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."

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He added: "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."

John Puddephatt, of Statkraft, 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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