The Scottish government has given consent for the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.
The development consists of 11 wind turbines and their connecting cables, sited between two and 4.5 km off the Aberdeenshire coast, capable of generating up to 100MW.
The Centre, which is not a conventional wind farm, is an offshore deployment centre designed to allow offshore wind developers and supply chain companies to test wind technology in an offshore environment before commercial deployment.
This is expected to reduce development risks and capital costs by providing the opportunity to test real time reliability and capacity generation and will ultimately support the creation of jobs across the industry.
The applicant, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd. (AOWFL), applied for consent for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) to Marine Scotland in August 2011. AOWFL is a joint venture between Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – plus development consortium partner Technip.
‘A number of reports have recognised the urgent need for facilities like the EOWDC as being of strategic importance to accelerating the development of an efficient, cost effective and technologically-advanced offshore wind sector to support the security of our national energy supply,’ said Morag McCorkindale, chief operating officer for AREG.