Floating wind developers

Hunterston enables commercial-scale build of assets for floating wind farms. It offers great potential for the port to be adopted for fabrication and/or assembly of floating substructures, as well as wind turbine component staging and the wet storage of assembled units.

A report conducted by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Strathclyde showed that Hunterston PARC could support £50/mwh LCOE power from commercial-scale manufacture for the new floating offshore wind sector. Hunterston PARC has been working with developers, technologies and construction contractors to develop a solution that will enable this reality.

The port is available to be redeveloped to support the offshore renewable energy including fixed bottom offshore wind, grid connected floating wind.

The site benefits from unparalleled space, road and rail connection and access to workforce. Once developed it will encompass:

  • 150m x230m dry dock with a new caisson gate
  • New ‘assembly-line’ and deep-water skidding solutions for low cost manufacture of foundations
  • A new and a re-furbished quayside serving the dry dock and assembly lines
  • 700m of(additional) deep water quayside (to 36m) for assembly and commissioning of turbines
  • 25 hectares of space for laydown and dry storage
  • Extensive sheltered wet storage options
  • Office, welfare and warehouse space
  • Connections with local skills development programmes
  • Connections with the University of Strathclyde Advanced Forming Research Centre to explore the application of latest automation and process innovations
  • Up to 18 hectares of space and facilities for pre-fabrication and supply chain activities such as mooring and cable solutions
  • Access to electricity power for commissioning and manufacturing activity
  • Ongoing service centre for ‘tow to port’ solutions