An application for a new Grampian ‘near-shore’ wind farm – which will create some 110 jobs – has been approved by the Scot-Govt.
The eight turbine, 6MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will be located about 10 miles south east of Aberdeen and will:
- Support the creation of around 110 jobs during assembly, installation and through ongoing operations and maintenance activities
- Have a generating capacity up to a maximum of 50 MW – enough to power the equivalent of almost 56,000 homes, and:
- Prevent CO2 emissions of more than 94,500 tonnes per year.
Project Director Carlos Barat, said: “This is a significant development not just for Kincardine Offshore, but for the offshore renewables sector in Scotland, the wider UK and across Europe.
“Through the Kincardine project we will open up new opportunities for other offshore floating wind developments. This will herald a new era allowing turbines to be installed in deeper waters further offshore.”
Construction activities will start in this summer. Power will be brought ashore to an Aberdeen operations centre and will connect to the grid at Redmoss sub-station in summer 2018.
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Once operational, this pioneering 50MW wind farm will produce enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland through the use of our supply chain.
“It will also cement our place as one of the world’s leading nations in the innovation and deployment of floating offshore wind.
“If the technology can be demonstrated at scale, it has huge potential to help Scotland meet its energy needs and to develop a supply chain that can service opportunities elsewhere in Europe and in markets such as South East Asia and North America.
“With 25% of Europe’s offshore wind potential, and through development with due regard to our natural environment, Scotland is uniquely and strongly positioned to maximise the economic and environmental benefits that the technology can deliver, which will help us progress towards our carbon emission reduction targets.”
The directors behind the development include Nicol Stephen, a former Liberal Minister in a previous coalition Scottish government who is now a member of the house of Lords at Westminster.
See also Apr 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Plan to build world’s first array of floating offshore wind turbines in Scotland launched by former Scot-Govt Minister and brother of another