View Full Version : Plans for world's largest offshore wind farm in Moray Firth backed

Davie Tait
29th November 2012, 18:09
Thats the end for fishing in the Moray Firth now , Salmond and his pals in Greenpeace will make sure of that


Plans to build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth have been backed by Aberdeenshire councillors.

The £4.5bn complex, which comprises of 339 wind turbines 12 miles off the Caithness coast, won the unanimous support from councillors at Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee on Thursday.

It is estimated that up to 400 permanent jobs could be created, with around 2500 jobs during peak construction of the 30,000-hectare development proposed by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd.

Councillors heard that export cables transporting the power will have a buried landing point on the Fraserburgh shoreline. Underground cabling will then transport the 1.5GW of potential electricity to Peterhead Power Station before entering the National Grid.

Once operational, it is thought the farms could produce enough energy to power 40% of Scottish households every year.

Councillors also agreed to review the risks and effects of the wind farm on the coastal area, to help avoid any long-term damage.

Councillor Graeme Clark said: "Fraserburgh is an anchorage and we need to be careful about the impact on that area. The noise pollution created during the work and the effort needed to ensure that we preserve the sand dunes is very important."

The report submitted to the council stated that the turbines will have a rotor diameter range of between 120m-172m and the total height to tip will range between 162m-204m.

Cllr Robert Gray added: "The turbines will only just be visible from the shore. There are significant benefits to renewable energy that should not be overlooked."

The application will now be passed to Marine Scotland for consideration. If approved, construction would start as early as 2015 and take six years to complete.

So far, two letters of support for the development and four against have been lodged.

Full details of the plans can be found at Moray Offshore Renewables.