Aberdeen Bay wind farm developers ready to hand-over £3m in community benefits as project readies for first-power this summer

Local residents enjoy a day out on Balmedie beach near Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm
Local residents enjoy a day out on Balmedie beach near Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm

Local communities in the Grampian area are being urged get involved with the next stage of the offshore wind community benefit scheme from the Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm.

Its Scandinavian developers are due to distribute up to £3 million over the next 20 years in community schemes.

They have already agreed that £15,000 a year – 10% of the annual total – will be dedicated to the people of Blackdog, where the on-shore substation for the wind farm is located.

Jean Morrison, chairman of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), commented: “The community benefit scheme represents another long-term investment for the project and we would encourage local people to get involved because it will directly benefit local communities.

“We also hope that, like the EOWDC and the North-east’s entrepreneurial spirit, it will attract innovative projects and ones that leave a lasting legacy.”

The 93.2MW, 11-turbine farm is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration site. Last week, the final turbine for the cutting-edge scheme was successfully installed along with the inter-array cables.

Work is now underway to commission the facility with first power expected to be generated in the summer.

7 Jun 2018

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