Scottish GBP-230m offshore wind project signs up potential suppliers
Aug 7, 2012 - The companies developing the over GBP-230-million (USD 359m/EUR 290m) offshore wind demonstration project near Aberdeen, Scotland, today said they had signed memoranda of understanding with six would-be wind turbine suppliers.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which will include 11 turbines, is a partnership between Swedish utility Vattenfall, French offshore engineering company Technip (EPA:TEC) and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, a renewables industry body. The partners said that as a result of the newly-inked agreements, they had adjusted the proposals for the project in order to accommodate the latest turbine models. The maximum turbine height has been raised by up to 3.5 m (11.5 ft) to 198.5 m, while the radius of the turbine blades has been increased by up to 11 m. The consortium also proposes to lower the maximum tip height of the turbines to be included in the front row to 180.5 m from 195 m.
Public comments on the addendum, which has been submitted to Marine Scotland, are expected until September 20. The original plans were lodged with Marine Scotland in August last year.
The project partners also said that additional photomontages of the site had been prepared following requests from local golf clubs.