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Statoil is expected to make a final decision on a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland in September.

Statoil, which has run a single floating offshore turbine for several years in Norway, is now planning to build five floating turbines, each with 6MW capacity, off Aberdeen in an area where the water depth is around 100 meters. Its Hywind turbine, mounted on a ballasted vertical steel cylinder that floats upright and is anchored to the seabed, has a navigation system to keep it in the position. Statoil plans to use Siemens turbines with 75 meter long blades for the project.

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