The ESB has teamed up with a Chinese-owned firm to develop a €3bn-plus wind farm off the coast of Scotland. It’s the second major Scottish offshore wind farm project that the semi-State ESB has signed up to in the past year. In its latest deal, the ESB has inked a 50-50 joint venture with Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power – a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s State-controlled SDIC Power – to develop the Inch Cape wind farm. It will generate up to one gigawatt of electricity and include 72 turbines. It will be located about 15km from Angus on the east coast of Scotland. Last year, the ESB snapped up a 50pc stake in the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore Scottish wind-farm project from French utility giant Electricite de France. Construction of the €2bn project, which features 54 wind turbines, is already under way, with full commissioning expected to take place in 2023.
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