UK Viking Energy cuts planned wind farm capacity to 457 MW
(ADPnews) - Sep 30, 2010 - UK Viking Energy Partnership said it would reduce the capacity of a planned wind farm in Scotland to 457 MW, cutting turbines number by 23 due to resident concerns about the environmental impact of the project.
In May 2009, the partnership, an equally-owned joint venture between Viking Energy Ltd and Scottish and Southern Energy (LON:SSE), applied to establish a 540 MW wind farm with 150 turbines in Shetland, Scotland.
After executing additional surveys, the developer made revisions to the planned project, including also a reduction in the covered area to 104 ha (257 acres) from 184 ha, and shortened carbon payback period -- the time needed for a turbine to make up for carbon emissions for its development -- to less than a year.
The company added that the project could yield GBP 930 million (USD 1.47bn/EUR 1.08bn) total income for Shetland over its lifetime, along with GBP 23 million average annual return to Shetland Charitable Trust, which owns 90% of Viking Energy Ltd.
The proposed wind farm is also expected to open 42 full-time jobs and 170 jobs in the construction period.