Revised plans to build a controversial Scottish offshore wind farm that was at the heart of a dispute with conservationists have been unveiled. Consent for the Inch Cape scheme, set to be built 15km off the Angus coast, was granted by Scottish ministers in 2014. It was one of four major offshore projects planned for the Forth and Tay that became embroiled in a protracted legal battle with RSPB Scotland, which claimed they would pose an unacceptable risk to seabird colonies. Courts found in favour of the wildlife charity, resulting in permission being quashed. However, a subsequent appeal by the Scottish Government saw the decision overturned. Now Inch Cape Offshore, owned by Chinese firm Red Rock Power, has submitted a new, scaled-back application to build the wind farm. There will be fewer turbines – u p to 72 – under the latest plans but they will be bigger and more powerful than originally proposed, standing up to 291m tall with a rotor diameter of 250m. Fewer export cables will also be required. The 700mw scheme will have the capacity to power up to 615,000 homes – a quarter of all Scottish households. The original permission remains valid, but the developers say the revamped designs will improve performance and reduce potential risks.
Scotsman 24th Aug 2018 read more »
The developer behind a £1.2 billion wind farm is proposing to install some of the largest turbines in the world off the coast of Angus. The proposed 290 metre tall structures would dwarf the towers on the the newly completed Queensferry Crossing and, at maximum rotor tip height, only just fall short of the height of the 310-metre Shard in London, the UK’s tallest building and the fourth largest in Europe. The huge turbines are specified within a new planning application being made for the proposed Inch Cape wind farm, which is planned to be constructed within a 150 square kilometre offshore zone which will be visible from Arbroath seafront and much of the Angus coast. The development was first consented in 2013 but developer Inch Cape Offshore Limited ( ICOL) is now seeking to revise consents to take advantage of improvements in technology over the past five years.
Dundee Courier 24th Aug 2018 read more »