Kincardine Offshore Wind Limited (KOWL) has changed tack with its 50MW floating offshore wind project off Aberdeenshire in Scotland, which will now be built in at least two cycles.

The company will install a 2MW machine on a semi-submersible platform next year, the company unveiled at the Floating Offshore Wind UK conference in Glasgow.

KOWL, which is majority owned by Spanish company ACS, will then build the previously planned 48MW array on both semi-subs and concrete semi-spars in 2019 and 2020.

A variation order to accommodate the new plans will be filed soon, said the project director Allan MacAskill.

Kincardine had been experiencing what it described as unspecified supply chain difficulties.

The new plan appears geared towards meeting the October 2018 deadline for Scottish government floating supports of 3.5 Renewables Obligation Certificates.

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