Government looking over windfarm plans

An artist's impression of Statoil's 'floating windfarm'
An artist's impression of Statoil's 'floating windfarm'

Plans are moving forward which will see Scotland’s first ever ‘floating windfarm’ installed off the coast of Peterhead.

The Scottish Government is currently considering a marine licence application for Norwegian firm Statoil’s ‘Hywind Scotland Pilot Park’.

The plans, which have been on the table for a considerable time, would see five 600ft turbines tethered and allowed to float 13 nautical miles off the coast of Peterhead.

Statoil’s Knut Rostad told the Buchanie that the project is developing according to plan.

He said: “We’re moving towards a final investment decision during Autumn 2015.

“To be able to take a FID, we need consent for both the onshore and offshore planning.

“Both applications have been filed and we hope to get consent during this summer.

“A marine license will of course be crucial for further development of the Hywind Scotland Project.”

To provide local communities with additional information on the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park, Statoil is hosting an exhibition at the Palace Hotel on Wednesday, May 20 from 12 noonuntil 6pm, and on Thursday, May 21 from 9.30am to 1pm.

A presentation will be given on the hour, every hour, and representatives from the project will be present to answer questions.

All are welcome to attend.

The project is also on the agenda to be discussed by Peterhead Community Council on Wednesday, May 20.