World’s Largestest Offshore Wind Farm

September 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The proposal, which has attracted vocal opposition from campaigners including American tycoon Donald Trump, is significantly larger than a previous scheme, which would have seen as few as 200 turbines erected.

Developers say the £4.5 billion project, 13 miles off Caithness, could create hundreds of jobs and provide electricity for a million homes. It would also be a major boost to the Scottish Government’s target of generating 100% of the country’s electricity demand from renewables by the end of the decade.

But critics say the turbines – some reaching 670ft above sea level – would be a blot on the landscape.

The international companies behind Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (Morl) yesterday submitted their plans to the Scottish Government agency Marine Scotland. They said the proposals represented the culmination of three years of development work, data gathering, extensive environmental studies and broad consultation.

Work, if approved, would start in 2015, with completion by 2020.

The wind farm would cover about 114 square miles and could produce up to 1,500MW of power – about the same as a conventional power station.

The power would be collected by up to eight offshore electrical platforms, before being sent ashore by a cable under the seabed to Fraserburgh. From there, developers hope to transmit the power to Peterhead power station through an underground cable, though that would require permission from the local council.

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