The Scotsman

Wind farm project hails ap­proval of key build­ing

- By EMMA NEWLANDS Business · Renewable Energy · Wind Power · Environmental Economics · Eyemouth · Scottish Borders · EDF Energies Nouvelles · Corstorphine

T h e N e a r t n a G a o i t h e ( N n G ) O f f s h o r e W i n d project has taken a step for­ward with ap­proval be­ing granted for a key sup­port fa­cil­ity.

Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil has green-lit plans jointly sub­mit­ted by NNG Off­shore Wind and Eye­mouth Har­bour Trust for an op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance (O&M) build­ing in Eyemo u t h . T h e d e ve l o p m e n t is billed as a “sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone” for NNG, jointly owned by EDF Re­new­ables and ESB. The plan­ning per­mis­sion is for a new, three­storey main build­ing and a two-storey ware­house.

T h e O & M b u i l d i n g , de­signed by Corstor­phine + Wright Ar­chi­tects, will house fa­cil­i­ties re­quired to sup­port the ser­vic­ing of NNG once the wind farm is op­er­a­tional.

The in­vest­ment in Eye­mouth is ex­pected to bring an eco­nomic boost to the area pro­vid­ing up to 50 per­ma­nent jobs over the 25-year life­span of the project.

M a t t h i a s H a a g , N n G p r o j e c t d i r e c t o r, s a i d : “To day ’s an­nounce­ment is a sig­nifi cant next step towards Nng’s O&M fa­cil­ity be­ing based in the town.”

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