Floating Ocean Wind Farm to power European coastline

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SCOTLAND: A flotilla of wind turbines is being assembled in deep waters off the northeastern coast of Scotland, that can weather the strongest storms. The turbines situated 15 miles offshore, are not only capable to withstand gale force winds, but the arrangement of these turbines will avoid the visual impact of land-based wind farms, which often repel community support along coastal areas. Heading to become the first floating wind farm in the world, two of the five turbines have just been moved into place by the Norwegian alternative energy company Statoil. The five turbines that will power the Peterhead Wind Farm will soar overhead at 575 feet tall (175m) atop a flotation base with a depth of 229 feet (70meters),  the farm will supply power to meet the energy requirements of 20,000 Scottish homes. The Peterhead farm expects that offshore windmills can be productive in deeper ocean shelves like those surrounding the U.S and Japan, unlike the typical offshore turbines that can only be planted in water reaching 130 feet (40 meters) deep.