There is a growing belief that waters to the north of Caithness could play host to major offshore wind farms comparable in scale to the Beatrice and Moray schemes off the east coast. Scrabster is being seen as ideally placed to benefit from any expansion following on from the proposed development off Dounreay aimed at testing and demonstrating floating offshore wind technology. Between six and 10 floating structures could be built under plans being drawn up by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a Danish fund management company with a stake in Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL). Located 10km from the Dounreay site, the development would be an update on the previous Dounreay Trì project. The turbines could have an upper tip height of 192-270m. Councillors believe it could be a precursor to large-scale developments in years to come – and that Scrabster has the potential to emulate Wick harbour, which provides the operations and maintenance base for the £2.5 billion Beatrice project in the outer Moray Firth. Councillor Matthew Reiss, who represents Thurso and Northwest Caithness on Highland Council, said: “My understanding from contact in the business world is there’s a strong assumption that there will be large offshore wind farms off the north coast. If you look at the areas of seabed that are up for lease, these are substantial areas.
John O Groat Journal 30th Sept 2020 read more »
A fresh approach to connecting offshore wind farms could save consumers £6 billion and halve the amount of cables needing to be dug in coastal communities, the first report of its kind has found. National Grid, which is in charge of the country’s energy infrastructure, published a report today into if offshore wind farms should be integrated rather, than a new connection being created onshore for each one. An integrated solution has long been proposed by campaigners in Norfolk who say that the construction of some of the world’s biggest wind farms off our coast will cause untold damage to our countryside and disruption.
Eastern Daily Press 30th Sept 2020 read more »