Donald Trump will jet into Aberdeen today with a fresh pledge to restart work at his £750million northeast golf resort – if a plan for an offshore windfarm are scrapped.
He will touch down at Aberdeen International Airport this morning before flying to Dubai to oversee his next luxury golf project.
He arrived in Ayrshire earlier this week to visit the Turnberry course he purchased last month.
Last night, he told the Press and Journal he believes he now has the two best courses in the world – both of which he hopes can be used to host the Open championship.
But he remains unwavering in his decision not to invest any more in his resort at Menie Estate, near Balmedie, unless he wins his wind-turbine fight.
“We far exceeded the promise we made to Scotland,” he said. “We have delivered a very special golf course. People all over the world are talking about it and we are getting record bookings.
“I look forward to continuing the development – as soon as that windfarm is taken off the table.”
Mr Trump axed plans for a luxury hotel and a second course at Menie Estate after the Scottish Government backed the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. Butthe greenenergy project has been beset by problems and Mr Trump is challenging it in the courts.
In addition, plans for a substation at Blackdog, to bring power ashore, have been rejected by Aberdeenshire Council.
Vattenfall, the 75% stakeholder in the project, is looking to sell its share – and, last month, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, which holds the remaining stake, handed over the running of the project to Aberdeen City Council.
Mr Trump also says he plans to invest up to £36million in a golf course he has bought in the west of Ireland. He visited Doonbeg Links, in Co Clare, before travelling to Turnberry.
The American tycoon said yesterday he was “sad” to see Scotland, the country which was home to his mother, being “destroyed”.
“Scotland is a beautiful country – but it has a death wish.
“Wind turbines are destroying the country.
“The council in Aberdeen should do its people a great favour and abandon this scheme, which is doomed to lose money.”
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