THE DEVELOPER behind plans for a floating wind farm 100km west of Shetland and a hydrogen plant at Sullom Voe believes the chances of gaining the necessary licences are “very good”. Dan Jackson of Cerulean Winds also insisted that the technology for large 14-15MW turbines will be be ready in time for the project potentially being completed in 2026. But the local branch of the Scottish Greens says there needs to be more “meaningful involvement of the community” in these type of projects – while it also questioned the effectiveness of hydrogen in tackling the climate emergency. On Tuesday it was announced that Cerulean Winds is proposing to install 200 wind turbines west of Shetland and in the central North Sea, which would power a hydrogen plant at Sullom Voe. A key focus of the £10bn project – which would not connect to the national grid – would be to power oil platforms using wind energy, assisting the industry towards its goals of becoming net zero in the next couple of decades.
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