Offshore turbines plans welcomed

Plans to build five massive wind turbines 12 miles off the Buchan coast have been welcomed by politicians.

Energy giant Statoil has brokered a deal with the Crown Estate for the investment in more than 300ft of water at a site called Buchan Deep.

Power would be provided for up to 20,000 homes should it get the necessary approval from the Scottish Government.

Commenting on the news, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “Renewables technology will be an important cornerstone to Scotland’s future economy and it is no surprise that Peterhead has been chosen to be one of the key locations in that development. Peterhead’s deep water harbour makes it an ideal location for the offshore renewables industry. The town’s designation as a strategic hub for offshore renewables will no doubt have been a key factor in Statoil’s decision.”

Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith said: “Provided this can be done safely and securely and without any detriment to vessels or fishing, I would generally always favour offshore turbines over onshore ones.”

Peterhead North & Rattray councillor Fiona McRae added: “The principle of offshore wind power is one which I support. The huge advances in technology mean that the renewables industry is constantly changing an adapting and I think offshore windpower will become increasingly important in the future.”