Dates released for public consulation on Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

The consortium behind the proposed windfarm off Aberdeen’s coast have announced the dates for their public consultation.

Members of the public are invited to view detailed plans for the pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of Balmedie, which is anticipated to serve as a testing ground for offshore wind turbines.

The development, which will comprise 11 turbines, is to be showcased on August 29 at the Palace Hotel in Peterhead; August 30 at the Udny Arms in Newburgh; August 31 at the Kirk Centre in Ellon; September 1 at the Whitehorse Inn at Balmedie; and September 2 at the Doubletree Hilton at Aberdeen Beach. The consultations last from 2pm-8pm.

The development has attracted support from local business groups welcoming the investment in offshore renewables, but strong criticism from Trump International who say that the development will ruin the view from the Menie Estate.

David Hodkinson, UK Manager of Vattenfall, who are one of the major investors in the project, said: “The public information events for the development are an important part of the formal consultation and decision making process and they follow on from our recent submission of a consent application to Marine Scotland. We believe we have made a strong case for the environmental and economic benefits of the EOWDC. I would like to encourage people to make their own judgment after viewing the information that we will present at the events and speaking to members of the project team.”

The formal consultation process ends on 16th September 2011. Representations to the application should be made to The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team no later than this date.