Norwegian company Aibel has won a contract from Statoil for engineering work at the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park offshore wind farm.
As part of the NOK40m (£3.8m) contract, the company will carry out front end engineering and design (FEED) and engineering and management assistance (EMA) of substructures for the five new floating wind turbines.
The project comprises a FEED study and a subsequent detailed EMA phase.
Work on the project, which will be performed from Aibel's offices in Oslo and Haugesund, will start immediately, with completion expected in 2017.
The turbines will be installed in the field off the east coast of Scotland.
Around 30 employees will be involved in the project.
The project will be carried out along with the subcontractor, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Dr techn. Olav Olsen and Principa North.
"The Statoil award is a recognition of Aibel's project organisation, together with some of Europe's leading experts on structural analysis of offshore wind turbines. Now, together with the rest of our organisation, they will ensure high-quality implementation," Statoil CEO Skogseth said.
Statoil has previously carried out a demonstration project of the Hywind concept on a smaller scale off Karmøy.
Image: Aibel awarded Hywind contract. Photo: courtesy of Øyvind Hagen - Statoil AS.