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Boost for floating wind power project

Atkins Hexicon floating offshore wind platform 2by3

Plans to create multi-turbine floating wind power platforms in UK waters have received a fresh financial boost.

Project promoter Hexicon said SEK25M (£2.2M) it raised through a new share issue would help “intensify” work on the Dounreay Tri project off the north coast of Scotland.

Although the first floating turbine came into operation near Norway in 2009, Hexicon believes putting more than one on each platform can bring down costs and improve ease of maintenance.

Atkins was earlier this year appointed as engineering partner on the Dounreay scheme, and is readying a two-turbine 8MW to 12MW facility for front end engineering design and physical model testing.

Hexicon chief executive Henrik Baltscheffsky said this week: “This share issue will enable us to intensify our project at Dounreay in northern Scotland where our first platform will be built, and seize additional business opportunities in this rapidly growing global market.”

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