A Caithness councillor is seeking more details about a proposed wind farm off the north coast which he says would “dwarf” the Beatrice project in terms of turbine height. A planning application has been lodged with Highland Council for a development consisting of between six and 10 floating turbines around six kilometres north-west of Dounreay. It would be called the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm and the maximum blade-tip height would be 270m. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who represents Thurso and Northwest Caithness on Highland Council, points out that the structures would be taller than those at the 84-turbine Beatrice offshore wind farm in the outer Moray Firth, and closer to the shore. He believes that the initial scheme, if approved, could be a precursor to major offshore wind farms off the northern coastline of Caithness and Sutherland.
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