Donald Trump fails in bid to block Scottish wind farm

Billionaire Donald Trump has failed in his bid to prevent Europe’s largest planned testing centre for offshore wind turbines from reaching the next stage of the planning process.

Industrialinfo.com reports that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), located off the coast of the city of Aberdeen in north eastern Scotland, has received 'broad support' from Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee.

The decision is a victory for project owners Vattenfall AB (Stockholm, Sweden), Technip SA (EPA:TEC) (Paris, France) and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG). The EOWDC will be designed to cater for up to 11 turbines, ranging in generation capacity from 4 to 10 MW.

The centre will also be used to test new types of turbine foundations, cables and grid connection technologies. The project, which hopes to be commissioned in 2013-14, will also be capable of generating up to half of Aberdeen's electricity.

Donald Trump has threatened to pull the plug on a planned hotel, golf and housing development on the nearby Menie Estate in Aberdeen if the project gets the go ahead.

Trump claimed the test centre would be an 'eyesore' for his €895m ($1.17bn) project, where work was recently put hold until the future of the centre is decided.

The Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee has sent its report to Marine Scotland, the government body which will make its final decision on the project later this year.

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