Three-year ex­ten­sion for Aberdeen Bay wind farm

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY DAVID MCPHEE

A wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen has been given a three-year ex­ten­sion.

The 11-tur­bine Aberdeen Bay wind test fa­cil­ity – also known as the Euro­pean Off­shore Wind De­ploy­ment Cen­tre – was yes­ter­day given con­sent to gen­er­ate power for 25 years, an in­crease on its ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion of 22 years first granted in 2013.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was made by the wind farm’s Swedish op­er­a­tor Vat­ten­fall.

Vat­ten­fall said the ex­ten­sion would ben­e­fit the north-east and Scot­tish econ­omy and pro­long lo­cal jobs.

The op­er­a­tor orig­i­nally in­tended to ap­ply for a 25year con­sent based on the life­span of the wind farm’s com­po­nents, and the new ap­pli­ca­tion was ad­dress­ing a “dis­crep­ancy with the orig­i­nal lease”.

The de­ci­sion by min­is­ters and Marine Scot­land con­cluded the ex­ten­sion pro­pos­als would not “fun­da­men­tally al­ter the char­ac­ter or scale of the de­vel­op­ment”.

Marine Scot­land added it ex­pected all tur­bine com­po­nents would meet the life ex­pectancy of the 25-year pe­riod.

Only one ob­jec­tion to the plans was made by a salmon fish­ing firm based in Black­dog.

Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm, which sits around a mile-and-a-half off the coast of the Gran­ite City, gen­er­ates £150,000 each year for the lo­cal area.

The site has the po­ten­tial to power 80,000 homes.

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