Aerial view of the Hywind Scotland wind farm.
Aerial view of the Hywind Scotland wind farm.
Photo: Equinor
Aerial view of the Hywind Scotland wind farm.

Hywind Scotland to go offline for maintenance

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, will be taken offline this summer to undergo “extensive maintenance”.

The wind farm’s operator, NorthWind partner organisation Equinor, reports that operational data indicates the turbines need work. The five Siemens turbines will be towed to Norway, where maintenance operations will be carried out in sheltered conditions.

Hywind Scotland is located off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and has a capacity of 30 MW. It started production in late 2017.

When Hywind Scotland turned five, Equinor revealed that it was the world’s best-performing offshore wind farm, with a capacity factor of 54% during its first five years of operation.