Offshore wind in Scotland

Proposals for Scotland’s first offshore wind farm at Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth were approved by the Scottish Executive last week.

It is to be located in Scottish waters, 9km from the nearest landfall on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway at Balcary Point and almost equidistant from the Cumbrian Coast.

Scottish Deputy Enterprise Minister Lewis Macdonald said the wind farm, to be developed by Offshore Energy Resources, would provide enough clean electricity to supply the annual demand of 180,000 average households.

The Robin Rigg Proposal is for a 60 turbine wind farm with a generation capacity of up to 199 MW.

The wind farm is owned half by Offshore Energy Resources, a subisidiary of Babcock and Brown, and half by Solway Offshore Ltd, a subsidiary of TXU Europe Group (in Administration) which agreed on March 14, 2002 to sell its interest in SOL to Babcock and Brown.

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