Three-year extension for Aberdeen Bay wind farm
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.