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Scots wind farm know-how could be sold overseas

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse (pic: Terry Murden)

Scotland could sell its offshore wind technology into overseas markets, a minister said yesterday.

Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse made the assertion after approving an eight turbine offshore wind farm off the south-east of Aberdeen that will create 110 jobs in assembly, installation and operation.

The floating development by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will have a generating capacity up to a maximum of 50 MW – enough to power the equivalent of almost 56,000 homes .

It will also prevent CO2 emissions of more than 94,500 tonnes per year.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “It will also cement our place as one of the world’s leading nations in the innovation and deployment of floating offshore wind.

“If the technology can be demonstrated at scale, it has huge potential to help Scotland meet its energy needs and to develop a supply chain that can service opportunities elsewhere in Europe and in markets such as South East Asia and North America.

“Our commitment to supporting low carbon energy is outlined in our new draft Energy Strategy which sets out next steps and how we will continue to transition to a low carbon economy, with the offshore wind sector to take an increasingly influential role.”

Lindsay Roberts, senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “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.

“We’re also at the forefront of innovation in this exciting sector and projects like this one are part of a new chapter for our renewable energy industry.

“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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