Approval sought for wind farm

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An application for a 213 turbine wind farm off the coast of Arbroath has been submitted to Marine Scotland for approval.

The plans are for a total area of 150 km and have been lodged by Inch Cape Offshore Limited, a joint venture company formed by Repsol Nuevas Energias UK and EDP Renováveis SA.

The application shows that the maximum turbine blade tip height will be 215 metres however power generated by the turbines will have a National Grid connection at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

The application has been submitted after three years of development work, which has included data gathering, environmental studies and consultation.

Ronnie Bonnar, managing director of Repsol UK, commented: “The submission of the consent application is an important milestone for the Inch Cape project.

“It represents another major step towards development of offshore wind power in the outer Firth of Tay, delivering opportunities for communities in the surrounding area to benefit from the investment which is expected to deliver around 1,600 Scottish jobs during construction.

“We look forward to working with the relevant stakeholders to ensure a positive outcome for the application.

“Offshore wind energy will be critical to delivering the UK’s energy needs in the coming decades and Repsol is committed to being at the heart of this emerging industry.”

While Dan Finch, managing director of EDPR UK, added: “This represents another significant milestone in the delivery of a new industry which will make a significant contribution to improving national energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting consumers from the long-term volatility of the global hydrocarbon markets.”