Up to 120 offshore wind turbines nearly the height of the Eiffel Tower look set for construction off the Angus coast. The project is back on the table after a bitter and lengthy legal battle that went all the way to the High Court after the RSPB sought a judicial review into the decision. The project has also been dogged by concerns about the visual impact of the turbines, as well as fears that it may affect the fishing industry, and lobster numbers. Seagreen Wind Energy, the consortium behind the project, argued they will seek to address public concerns. These include fears about safety for fishing vessels, the adverse impacts upon commercially exploited fish, recreational fish and shellfish populations and access to traditional fishing grounds. At a well-attended public exhibition at Arbroath’s Community Centre, revised plans for the project showed a proposed increase in generating capacity across the project, from 1050MW, to around 1500MW. Although there will potentially be fewer turbines, the new, substantially sized ones come in at up to 280m to the tip of the blade, dwarfing the Bell Rock lighthouse which stands at 35m, with a rotor diameter stretching to 220m. But the application from Seagreen Wind Energy, to vary the existing consents may be premature. It has emerged the 15MW wind turbines are not yet on the market anywhere in the world, with some of the highest capacities being just 9.5MW.
Dundee Courier 27th Feb 2018 read more »