Plans have surfaced for a floating windfarm just eight miles off the coast of Stonehaven, as exclusively revealed by the Leader.
A proposed Environmental Scoping Assessment for Kincardine Offshore Windfarm, that would include eight floating wind turbines, appeared on line last week.
The 157-page document can be found on the Scottish Government website.
It is hoped that the wind farm would be fully commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2017 with the project developers intending to submit a planning application for the site this year.
The document states: “Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) is a proposed demonstrator floating offshore wind farm development that is located to the south east of Aberdeen, approximately eight miles from the Scottish coastline.
“The development is considered a commercial demonstrator site, which will utilise floating semi-submersible technology to install approximately eight wind turbine generators (WTG) in approximately 60 to 80 m of water.
“This will be the world’s first array of floating wind turbines, and will establish a leading position for Scotland in the development and deployment of this novel technology.
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“It is hoped that the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project will achieve an award of seabed rights from The Crown Estate, it has not done so to date, and the project as described in this scoping report is entirely subject to award, or not, of rights by the Crown Estate within that process.”
The project does not feature an offshore substation, as the wind turbines would be connected directly to the grid at Redmoss onshore substation via two transmission lines.
Allan MacAskill, director of Pilot Offshore Renewables, said: “We are progressing plans.
‘‘ This will be a first of its kind commercial demonstration project, located approximately 10 miles off the coast of Kincardine, south of Aberdeen. Over the next few months we will be engaging in consultations with the community, key stakeholders and potential local suppliers.”
“This is an exciting project that will demonstrate the potential of floating technology in the global offshore wind industry. The semi-submersible design has been successfully tested off the coast of Portugal for more than three years and this technology could have huge worldwide potential, as it is suitable for deployment out of sight from land, in deep waters.
‘‘We believe that this, along with other offshore demonstration projects around our coast, will further Scotland’s position as a global leader in offshore wind.”
Dr Richard Wakefield, senior marine scientist at Atkins, said: “We have carried out the initial environmental assessments for the Kincardine Offshore Wind project and are really excited by the site, the technology and its potential to open the industry up to deeper waters and more productive turbines.
“Along with recent offshore wind project wins for Dong and Statoil this puts Atkins on the map as a leader in this exciting and growing sector.”
However, the news has been met with mixed reaction from those on the Mearns Leader Facebook page.
Here’s what you said:
Claus-Dieter Mayer: “I assume we have to get used to more and more windfarms in our area (or turn the power off). Personally I don’t find them that disturbing; they surely will not have such a negative impact on the way Stoney looks as the strikingly ugly orange road barricades on the Bervie Braes have.”
Russell Williams: “Have to agree with Claus, those orange barricades looks awful. Windfarms well, going by that diagram, they look to be just north-east of the town, about 10/15 miles out, you will barely/if see them from the shore..”
Tricia Gordon: “Of course they will be visible, it’s bad enough that they are springing up all around Stonehaven without them marring the view from the beach!”
Mandy Murray: “Looks like they’ll by quite far out so might not be that visible”
Julie Mitchell: “We should be more bothered about bigger schools for our kids and creating jobs in Stonehaven instead of having more windmills. If they are so great why are our energy bills still all going up?”
Paul Drummond: “I think it’s a great idea - I have two wind turbines at a distance of 200m from my back door and they’ve never bothered me. Additionally, to my knowledge, none of my neighbours have expressed any form of concern either.
“I’ve also taken hundreds(no joke) of pictures of Dunnottar Castle in all weather conditions and would look forward to continuing to do so with turbines in the background. People once viewed horseless carriages as ugly, noisy and unnecessary, yet now they are frequently extolled as a virtual art form that, regardless of whether we drive a Ferrari or a FourTwo, everyone regards as a part of life. It’s called progress.”