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Pioneering wind farm project gets go-ahead

Paul Wheelhouse
Paul Wheelhouse: (Photo by Terry Murden)

A pioneering wind farm is to be built off the Caithness coast and will provide enough energy to power 8,000 homes.

The ground-breaking two turbine Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project adds to recent approval of the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind farm and last year’s consent of the Hywind Scotland Pilot.

It means Scotland has now agreed planning permission for up to 92MW of floating offshore wind, enough to power 60,000 homes.

The demonstration project will:

  • Support the creation of around 100 jobs during assembly, installation and through ongoing operations and maintenance activities
  • Have a generating capacity up to 12 MW – enough to power the equivalent of almost 8,000 homes.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector.

“This not only highlights our commitment to exploring this innovative technology, but offers real scope for the development of wind energy projects in deeper water, in Scotland and across the world.”

Lindsay Roberts, senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Hexicon’s Dounreay Tri is another ground-breaking project for Scotland’s renewable energy sector and shows how our natural resources and skilled supply chain are proving attractive to businesses from across the globe.

“Scotland is home to approximately 25% of Europe’s offshore wind resource and we are now starting to build out projects which will harness this potential.

“The Scottish Government has shown its ambition to generate the equivalent of half of all energy consumed from renewable sources by 2030 and offshore wind can play a key role in meeting that ambition.”

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