Port’s turbine plans take significant step forward

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PETERHEAD Port Authority’s plans to erect two quayside wind turbines have taken a significant step forward.

The authority wants to erect the 330-feet masts on vacant industrial land at the port’s Keith Inch and Green Hill.

The turbines would be around three times the size of the port’s existing shiplift facility and would generate enough electricity to power thousands of homes.

The authority has now tabled a planning application seeking the go-ahead for the turbines from Aberdeenshire Council.

Port chief executive, John Wallace, said that the turbines would provide a major boost to the local economy and were crucial to future developments at the harbour.

He said: “We have the technology to harness this vital resource and use it to our advantage. The turbines would be Enercon’s gearless model which is slightly more expensive but much quieter. They would also be fitted with a sensor which would shut the turbines down if the shadow flicker was thought to be causing a problem.”

Mr Wallace said the authority was listening to the views of the local folk and encouraged any feedback.

The public has until April 21 to submit comments to the council before the plans are considered by councillors. If the go-ahead is given, the turbines could be in place by autumn net year.