Offshore wind application goes in

The partners behind a joint venture to build an offshore wind development project off Balmedie have submitted their consent application to Marine Scotland for approval.

Vattenfall, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, are seeking permission to go ahead with the 11-wind turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, which will allow them to test and demonstrate up to 11 next generation offshore wind turbines, support infrastructure and other related technology.

David Hodkinson, UK Country Manager of Vattenfall, said “We believe we have made a good case for the development, which places Aberdeen at the heart of the development of new technologies to serve the growing European offshore wind sector. We would build the project with the same attention to detail in respect of environmental and community considerations as we have for our previous developments.”

Morag McCorkindale, Chief Operating Officer at Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, said “As Europe’s energy capital, Aberdeen City and Shire is the ideal location for the EOWDC. The region has an offshore oil and gas supply chain unrivalled in the eastern Hemisphere and therefore has the highest concentration of energy expertise, experience, skills and technology. This industrial-scale know-how is crucial to the development of marine renewables, and in the short-term particularly, offshore wind.”