Dounreay floating wind farm could create hundreds of jobs but environment and shipping have to be considered, says Caithness councillor. Plans to build a floating wind farm off the Dounreay coast “could create hundreds of jobs,” according to local Highland councillor Matthew Reiss. But the Thurso and northwest Caithness representative stressed that other factors, such as the environment and shipping routes have to be considered as well. Councillor Reiss said people need to be open-minded about the proposal which would be led by Highland Wind Limited and backed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a Danish fund management company which has invested in a number of offshore wind projects around the world and had a 35 per cent stake in Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd. The development would have an installed capacity of up to 100 megawatts and be an update on the earlier Dounreay Trì project. It was managed by a subsidiary of Hexicon, a Swedish investment business and planned to build two 10 megawatt turbines six kilometres offshore as a demonstrator project but encountered financial difficulties.
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