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Scottish and Southern Energy and Talisman Energy plan to construct a £24 million deepwater wind farm demonstrator project 25km off the east coast of Scotland.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), and Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Talisman Energy, plan to construct a £24 million deepwater wind farm demonstrator project adjacent to the Talisman-operated Beatrice Field, 25km off the east coast of Scotland.

The project will test technologies that can be used to build deepwater wind farms miles from the shore. The results will help determine if large-scale developments of this type are a practical source of renewable energy. The project will include the design, construction, installation and operation of two prototype turbines.

The power generated by the turbines will be used at the Beatrice platform and will operate alongside Talisman’s existing operations at Beatrice without affecting production.

The companies anticipate that construction of the turbines will begin later this year and first electricity generation is expected to begin late in 2006.

The demonstrator project will receive £3 million in funding from each of the Scottish Executive and the UK Department of Trade and Industry and 6 million Euros from the European Commission. SSE, and its co-venturer in this project, Talisman, will each contribute around £7 million.

To date, Talisman and SSE have conducted four feasibility studies, together spending £2 million.