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Developer Plans 450MW Scottish Offshore Wind Farm

Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power announced late July the submission of plans for a 450MW offshore wind project in Scottish territorial waters. The wind power project is named Neart na Gaoithe (“NnG”).

The application is now open to consultation until Monday, September 10, and is a big step towards possible construction in 2015 and complete operation by 2016.

“This is a major milestone in the delivery of this offshore wind farm. With over 7,500MW of offshore wind farms in development in the UK and Germany, this demonstrates Mainstream’s ability in selecting the best sites, developing to a high standard and delivering to challenging milestones,” said Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power’s Offshore Business, Andy Kinsella.

“This project is of strategic importance to Scotland; not only will it supply a significant percentage of the country’s electricity demand it will also help to deliver Scotland’s and the UK’s renewable energy targets in advance of 2020.”

The plan is to install 64-125 wind turbines across an area of approximately 105 square kilometres on a site that, at it’s closest to land, lies 15 kilometres off the Fife coast in waters 45 to 55 metres deep. The region is one of only six sites that the Scottish Government’s Strategic Environmental Assessment has earmarked as suitable for development.

Neart na Gaoithe would total 450 MW of power, which is enough to power 325,000 homes in a city the size of Edinburgh or up to 3.7% of Scotland’s electricity demand when fully operational.

Source: Mainstream Renewable Power

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