Statoil spokesman Morten Eek was quoted by Reuters as saying that the company intends to construct five floating turbines, each with a capacity of 6MW, in water depth of around 100m, off Aberdeen.

The company is planning to install Siemens turbines featuring 75m-long blades in order to enhance efficiency of the floating wind farm.

Statoil has been operating a single floating offshore turbine, Hywind, in Norway since 2009.

The Hywind turbine is mounted on a ballasted vertical steel cylinder and fixed to the seabed. A Statoil-developed navigation system keeps the turbine in its position.

Referring to a Norwegian demonstration project, Eek said: "We’ve seen that the technology is working and is able to withstand winter storms.

"We see potential in the Hywind concept to compete cost-wise with the bottom-fixed foundation at 30 meters water depth and deeper."

In May, a separate business division was established by Statoil in low carbon and renewable energy to complement its oil and gas portfolio.

The company has selected Navantia-Windar joint venture in June, to supply five spar-type floating foundations for 6MW turbines in the Scotland project.

If undertaken, the construction on the project will start in December, and complete in February 2017.