Donald Trump has vowed to stop the development of the Vattenfall-led 100MW European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which will be located near his luxury golf course and hotel. The 11 turbine scheme located off the Aberdeen, Scotland coast over twelve months would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households, reports Vattenfall.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a ground breaking new facility currently being developed by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (AOWFL) – a joint venture between Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – plus development consortium partner Technip, reported Vattenfall earlier this year.
The consent application was submitted in August 2011 with an Addendum submitted in July 2012. Scottish Ministers granted approval for the project on Tuesday 26th March 2013. The 11 turbine scheme located off the Aberdeen coast will have an installed capacity of up to 100MW and over twelve months would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households.
Work to address conditions associated with the consent will begin shortly in liaison with Marine Scotland and statutory advisors, with the aim of commencing offshore construction in 2015. In the interim period, project partners will continue to work closely with the local community and build upon the wide support that the project has received throughout the initial development phase.
When we started talking to potential turbine manufacturers around 12 months ago more than a dozen international suppliers expressed an interest in deploying off Aberdeen. Recent discussions have led to six working agreements being signed. In keeping with the demonstrator concept we decided to make minor adjustments to the project dimensions to accommodate the tallest of these turbines in the event that we procure them. We are confident that our careful design results in a barely perceptible increase in visual and environmental effects.
In response to requests from local golf clubs, additional photomontages have been created of the site with photographs taken from a number of view points including Trump International Golf Links, Murcar Links Golf Course and Royal Aberdeen Golf Course. Images of turbines were then superimposed upon these photographs in accordance with Scottish Natural Heritage’s Visual Representation of Wind Farms Good Practice Guidance (2006). The photomontages can be viewed at a number of locations in the region and by request to the project.