Scottish Ministers appeal refusal of 2.3 GW offshore wind
Offshore wind farm under construction. Author: Martin Pettitt. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Scottish Ministers are appealing the Court of Session’s ruling against four Scottish offshore wind projects of 2.3 GW in total.
Irish firm Mainstream Renewable Power, the developer of the 448-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project, and Inch Cape Offshore Ltd, the company for the 784-MW Inch Cape wind scheme, have also lodged appeals, the Courier reported at midnight.
In July the Court of Session concluded that there were flaws in the approval process for these two projects and the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo schemes, of 525 MW each. Thus it sided with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland, which in January 2015 challenged the Scottish government’s decision to grant development consents to the four projects.
The Inch Cape project was developed by Repsol and bought by China’s SDIC Power Holdings (SHA:600886) earlier this year.