Approval has been granted for a floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

Scottish Government ministers have given the green light to Kincardine Offshore to build what the company believes will be the world’s largest floating wind array, consisting of up to eight 6 MW semi-submersible turbines, which will operate 15 km off the coast of Kincardineshire.

The first turbine of the 50 MW array is expected to be on site in the second quarter of 2018.

Project director Carlos Barat said: “This is a significant development not just for Kincardine Offshore, but for the offshore renewables sector in Scotland, the wider UK and across Europe.

“Through the Kincardine project we will open up new opportunities for other offshore floating wind developments. This will herald a new era allowing turbines to be installed in deeper waters further offshore.”