Blackdog wind farm developers mull appeal to Scots Ministers after Aberdeenshire rejects plan

Location of AREG's proposed Blackdog wind farm in rural AberdeenshireThe developers behind the proposed Blackdog wind farm in rural Aberdeenshire today said that they will ‘take time’ to consider their option after the local authority’s planning committee rejected the application – despite it being recommended by officials.

The proposals by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Ltd (AOWL) are for a 55MW demonstration wind farm with 11 x 5MW offshore wind turbines, which would have created hundreds of rural-economy jobs.

AOWL – which majority owned (75%) by Vattenfall with a minority 25% stake held by the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – had hoped to secure up to £36 million EU funding towards the Blackdog development, named after the site of the adjacent village, about 10 miles north of Aberdeen city.

Commenting after the plan was recommended to Aberdeenshire councillors for approval, Morag McCorkindale, Chief Executive, AREG, said: This is a significant step forward and confirms its very real potential as a European test centre. It also underlines the special role that Aberdeen city and shire is playing in laying the foundation of our offshore renewables industry and attracting inward investment by virtue of its world-class oil and gas supply chain.”

AREG was tight-lipped today about the unexpected rejection of its application. The company has the right under the Planning Act to appeal to the Scottish Government as major infrastructure developments – such as electricity networks and power stations – are reviewable at a national level above the local authority at first instance.

Iain Todd, spokesperson for the offshore wind farm partners, AREG and Vattenfall – along with consortium partner Technip Offshore Wind – said: “We are extremely disappointed at the decision.

“We believe this a missed opportunity for the region and that we could have worked with Aberdeenshire Council to agree further conditions to progress the scheme.

“We will give careful consideration to the formal reasons for the decision before we decide our next steps.”

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