View Full Version : Offshore wind farm could create 1400 new jobs

Davie Tait
22nd November 2011, 15:00

A planned offshore wind farm big enough to power a million homes could create more than 1000 new jobs in the north-east.

Up to 300 turbines could be erected around 14 miles from the shore close to Caithness.

The large-scale offshore wind farm has the potential to produce up to 1500MW of electricity, the same as a conventional power station.

Plans for the wind farm, which could be among the largest in the world when built, have been unveiled in a new report from Moray Offshore Renewables.

The development could create up to 1400 jobs during construction and support 280 posts to operate it.

Moray Offshore Renewables is a joint venture company owned 66% by EDPR and 33% by Repsol.

The company is expected to submit an application to Marine Scotland next summer in the hope that building work can start in 2015.

Up to eight offshore electrical platforms would be needed to collect the power, which would be sent to Peterhead power station.

Dan Finch, EDPR UK managing director, said: "Over the past year, we have worked hard to move offshore wind in deeper water from a proposal to a viable project.

"The report examines some of the likely economic impacts of the project and demonstrates the size of the new market we will bring to the Moray Firth area, and to Scotland.

"We are keen to work with the government and business agencies which will be able to develop the supply chain and turn this new market into jobs and economic growth."

A series of public exhibitions will be held to let the public see the new plans.

They will be held at: MacKays Hotel in Wick on November 23; Helmsdale Community Centre on November 24; Eastgate Centre in Inverness on November 25; Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on November 30; Buckie Town House on December 5; Eden Court in Inverness on December 6 and St Giles Centre in Elgin on December 7.

Davie Tait
22nd November 2011, 15:01
That'll close off a huge area of the Moray Firth to the fishing boats , an area where they need to fish for Squid , Haddocks and Prawns , yet again our elected "members" have decided to destroy even more of the fleet by putting up these absolutely useless wind turbines which cost ALL of us in the UK around 90 a year in subsidies