European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre Objections Withdrawn

Bouffant buffoon’s fellow objectors abandon him

Donald Trump’s hopes of stopping a windfarm situated offshore from his vanity project golf course at Menie Estate North of Aberdeen were diminished yesterday by the news that both the MOD and the RSPB had now withdrawn their objections.

The bouffant buffoon believes the planned European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) would blight the view from his fairways and has vowed to battle ‘Mad Alex’ and ‘save Scatland’ from the scourge of the turbines. However, this change of position by the other major objectors has left ‘The Donald’ out of an increasingly ridiculous looking limb. The RSPB’s study showed impact on bird species would be minimal, while the MOD agreed to withdraw their objection if new radar hardware was made available at RAF Buchan.

The Deployment Centre will allow offshore wind farm developers and associated supply chain companies to test new designs, prove existing products and receive independent validation and accreditation before commercial deployment. At the heart of the project is an interaction between research, testing and training facilities alongside a commercially operated, highly instrumented offshore wind farm.  The project is a joint venture between Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG)  with development consortium partner Technip. The partners are  now hoping for approval of the consent application later this year.

UPDATE 04/10/2012

As Trump flew into Aberdeen this morning it was  revealed that SNH have become the latest group to drop their opposition to the project. ‘The Donald’ is looking increasingly isolated.


Non-Technical Summary of EOWDC Project


3 Responses to “European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre Objections Withdrawn”

  • ParaHandy:

    The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre [EOWDC] is a joint Vattenfal 75% and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group 25% venture [with Technip lurking in the background] and £35m from the EU. That will be the third offshore facility funded by the Scottish Government. Vattenfall have submitted an addendum to the planning application which varies the turbine positions and reduces the output from 100 to 70MW.

    Vattenfall have NO offshore wind farms in Scotland nor are any planned. They have just completed Ormonde in English waters. Technip are a French company who make no secret of their relationship with SSE at a site near Glasgow (for all those French people who are unlikely to know where Hunterston is; one of the three offshore facilities) and are developing a vertical axis turbine but, their business area is the same as Talisman’s and their primary economic activity is the same as Burntisland Fabrications. Talisman and Burntisland contributed to the success of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Demonstrator Project [BOWDP], one of the three offshore facilities.

    As originally planned, the EOWDC had a clear purpose which was not met by any other project; the development of >10MW turbines. This is no longer the case and conflicts with Hunterston which will also be developing 6-7MW turbines.

    As for Burntisland Fabrications, the only major Scottish benefactor in all of this, it’s goodbye and good night; Technip can do everything they do and then some.

    I’m at a loss to understand much of this. Hunterston and EOWDC made sense if it was intended to encourage competition between the turbine suppliers but it is not; SSE have decided on Siemens and SSE are the ONLY party in either project who are planning a Scottish offshore wind farm. All the talk by Salmond, Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeen about supply train competition is just blah blah, a placebo. Burntisland who did the heavy lifting with the first development at Beatrice must be disappointed.

  • admin:

    Today is not tomorrow.

    A facility where different turbines can be tested is probably a good idea. Aberdeen is the right place for it. Also, it will piss off Trump, which is a bonus.

    • ParaHandy:

      Is “today is not tomorrow” a new Bond film?

      Anyway, “tomorrow” has to arrive in the next 5 years. All this stuff is very short term.

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