Offshore wind farm project given go-ahead by Swedish firm Vattenfall

Offshore wind farm project given go-ahead by Swedish firm Vattenfall

Swedish power company Vattenfall has given the green light to the £300m construction of Scotland's largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.

The project was fought by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who lost a Supreme Court bid to halt the development after complaining it would spoil the view from his golf resort at the Menie estate on the Aberdeenshire coast.

Vattenfall will build the 11-turbine Aberdeen offshore wind farm project near Blackdog, Aberdeenshire, later this year and offshore work will begin in late 2017. The wind farm is scheduled to generate power in spring 2018 and operate for 20 years or more.

The company is now the sole owner of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited, the company behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), after acquiring the  Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group's 25% share.

Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president and head of business at Vattenfall, said: "Vattenfall, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the Crown Estate, the Scottish Government and many others have been working since consent in 2013 to deliver the project and support the increasing competitiveness of the offshore wind sector.

"Now the Vattenfall team and our contractors will focus on building the project safely and help establish the north-east of Scotland as an international centre for offshore wind innovation.

"Vattenfall's green light for the EOWDC underlines our long-term ambition to grow our wind power capacity, including in the UK."

Paul Wheelhouse, minister for business, innovation and energy, said: "This is great news for the industry. Scotland is admired around the world for our work in renewable energy.

"This project will keep our nation at the forefront of innovation by allowing energy companies to identify new ways to reduce operating costs.

"We're working hard to ensure offshore wind projects can help generate the low carbon electricity supply Scotland needs and the associated high-quality engineering jobs Scotland wants."


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