EXCLUSIVE: Mostly-nuclear French power giant scuppers extension to its controversial Highlands wind farm in Glen Fiddich

Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive EDF Energy Renewables
Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive EDF Energy Renewables

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

A major extension to a controversial Highlands wind farm near the Glenfiddich Estate at Dufftown was scuppered last night after the original developer formally withdrew the plans.

Dorset-based wind farm developer Infinergy had created the project vehicle Dorenell Ltd with the land owner, Christopher Moran Energy Ltd, a company registered in Chelsea, London, which has net assets of more than £50 million.

Along with Christopher Moran, Matthieu Hue, the Chief Executive of EDF Energy Renewables, is also registered as a director of Dorenell Wind Farm Limited

But Infinergy yesterday formally withdrew the plan to build 60 turbines with blade-tip heights of 125m on Dorenell Hill, near Lower Cabrach village, which is barely one mile from the northern side of the Cairngorms National Park.

Infinergy did not disclose why they withdrew the application as they were latterly only acting as planning agents for EDF Renewables, the ‘green’ wing of the French state corporation which owns and operates the two Scottish nuclear power stations in the Central Belt.

An EDF spokesman said: “We will not be pursuing the public inquiry on the variation and extension applications for consent on the Dorenell wind farm.

“Every wind farm project is subject to a demanding timetable and this project is no exception.”

Meanwhile, local community groups around the <original> 60-turbine Dorenell wind farm which is being built on the Glenfiddich Estate near Dufftown in Speyside are due to meet with the French-owned developer over their concerns that they will miss out on up to £16 million in community benefits.

24 Apr 2018

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