More off­shore wind farms for Scot­land

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Sailors can ex­pect to nav­i­gate through more Scot­tish wind farms in the fu­ture af­ter Crown Es­tate Scot­land un­veiled plans to lease seabed for new off­shore projects.

Two off­shore wind farms – Robin Rigg and Hy­wind Scot­land – al­ready op­er­ate in Scot­tish wa­ters. A fur­ther two are be­ing built – the Beatrice Pro­ject in the Mo­ray Firth and the Euro­pean Off­shore Wind De­ploy­ment Cen­tre off Aberdeen. Last year, the world’s first float­ing wind farm be­come op­er­a­tional at Peter­head.

Crown Es­tate Scot­land said all new off­shore wind farms would have to fall within ar­eas iden­ti­fied in Ma­rine Scot­land’s forth­com­ing Sec­toral Ma­rine Plan for Off­shore Wind. RYA Scot­land said that while it may have reser­va­tions about some po­ten­tial locations, it would work closely with Ma­rine Scot­land and Crown Es­tate Scot­land to pro­tect boaters’ in­ter­ests.

The plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cer for RYA Scot­land, Gra­ham Rus­sell, said, ‘We are work­ing on a re­sponse to the cur­rent scop­ing con­sul­ta­tion. Crown Es­tate Scot­land will only of­fer leases for these ar­eas and there is a ro­bust process in place to en­sure sen­si­ble out­comes.’

The Mo­ray Firth’s Beatrice Pro­ject will be op­er­a­tional by 2019

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