The Kincardine Offshore Windfarm company – where one of the company directors is the brother of Scotland’s Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill – is aiming to submit plans for what would be the tallest North Sea windfarm in the first half of next year.
Nicol Stephen, a former deputy first minister of Scotland and Liberal MSP – who is now a member of the British House of Lords – is also a director of Kincardine Offshore.
The company first announced its proposals for the floating windfarm project earlier this summer and have just announced that they hope to submit an application to Marine Scotland in the first half of 2015.
The scheme comprises an eight-turbine floating windfarm off the coast of Kincardineshire between Dundee and Aberdeen.
Allan MacAskill, Director of Pilot Offshore Renewables Ltd – which set up Kincardine Offshore Windfarm – said: “Over the coming months we will meet with stakeholders, including Aberdeen Harbour, Historic Scotland and the local community, to tell them about our plans and hear our views.
“We then hope to submit an application to Marine Scotland in the first half of next year. This is an exciting project for the future of the offshore renewables industry in Scotland.”
Peter Fraser, an environment planner for Aberdeenshire Council, commented: “It is noted that the proposed height for the turbines could be around 195 metres (639ft) to tip height.
“These would effectively be among the tallest wind turbines ever proposed for the north-east of Scotland area and, on that basis, a thorough and comprehensive package of development visual assessment information will be essential to fully informing the planning application determining process.”
Allan MacAskill said photographic images are being created, and claimed they would show the visual impact from the shore would be “minimal”.
He added: “The local harbour board is in favour of our plans in principle. They are aware the harbour is likely to benefit significantly from this project and from the growth of floating wind technology.”
Allan MacAskill spent 20 years with the BP Group in the UK and North America before joining Talisman Energy in 1998 where he held a number of subsurface and project management roles.
He is now also a Director of Scottish Renewables – the private-sector industry association which receives funding from the Scottish Enterprise public-sector quango and a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Wind Technology Platform.
Aberdeen-based MacAskill Associates was formed in June 2011 to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise of Allan MacAskill and associates in offshore wind development and consultancy. His principle role is as an advisor on offshore wind farm giants Repsol and their principle partner in the UK, EDPR.
In recent months MacAskill Associates has also been working with a number of Scottish Universities to develop a business plan for an Offshore Renewables Institute that focuses on the delivery and implementation of the offshore w-industry in Scotland, the UK and Europe.