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Carnoustie wind power plan approved

The first phase of an offshore development which would see 19 kilometres of underground cables being installed in Carnoustie has been given the green light.

Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd., (Seagreen) has today (Tuesday) received consent from Angus Council for the onshore infrastructure required for Phase 1 of its Firth of Forth Offshore Wind Zone.

Seagreen is a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables and Fluor Limited. The Firth of Forth Zone is part of The Crown Estate’s UK Round 3 Offshore Wind Development Programme.

Planning permission in principal was granted by Angus Council’s development standards committee for the application which includes the underground cables to transmit power from a landfall location at south Carnoustie on the Angus Coast to the existing electricity substation at Tealing.

The plans also include a new substation at Tealing to allow over one gigawatt of power to connect to the National Grid system.

Richard Escott, head of offshore development at SSE Renewables, said: “We are delighted to see another significant step forward for Seagreen’s Phase 1 projects following Angus Council’s decision. As Scotland’s largest renewable energy project The Firth of Forth Zone has the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting Scotland and the UK’s renewable energy targets as well as bringing economic benefit to the Angus area and beyond.”

Graham Mason, business development director renewables at Fluor, added: “Seagreen has carried out an extensive amount of consultation and has listened to the input and concerns of the relevant stakeholders throughout the development of these proposals. We will continue to engage with stakeholders as we carry out further work to support our detailed application to Angus Council for the onshore assets associated with the offshore wind farm projects.”

Seagreen submitted applications to Marine Scotland in October 2012 for two separate offshore wind farms, Project Alpha and Project Bravo, located 27 kilometres and 38 kilometres, respectively, at their closest points from the Angus coastline.

These Phase 1 wind farms would each have a maximum capacity of 525 Megawatts and accommodate up to 75 wind turbines.

Seagreen recently submitted an addendum to these applications in October 2013 and the consent decision rests with Scottish Ministers.