Written by David Mackay
Initial proposals for a massive new offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth
have been submitted.
EDF Renewables want to build up to 90 turbines off the north-east coast
that could generate power for up to 750,000 homes.
Yesterday the early plans went before Moray Council’s planning committee
for concerns to be raised.
The project, entitled Moray West Offshore Wind Farm, would be the firm’s
second development in the region.
Last month the company was awarded a contract by the UK Government to sell
power generated in the eastern development.
Both projects are expected to create a jobs boost at Buckie Harbour and the
rest of Moray.
Yesterday, drawings submitted to Moray Council showed a vast corridor where
an underground cable would be buried from the coast to a substation near Keith.
Planning officer Neal MacPherson explained the power line would likely come
ashore near Portsoy or Aberdeenshire before leading to Blackhillock,
subject to negotiations.
Keith and Cullen councillor Donald Gatt said: “The corridor is extremely
large. Doesn’t the company have a better idea of where they are going to
put the trenches?”
Mr MacPherson replied: “The proposals are at a very early stage. The nature
of such developments is that private enterprises don’t enjoy the same power
from utility companies.
“They have to go negotiations with landowners to close down the corridor
for the cables.”