European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre clears Trump obstacle

A challenge to the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of Scotland looks set to go ahead after an appeal by US tycoon Donald Trump was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Scottish Government ministers approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme off the Aberdeenshire Donald Trump coast in 2013. The scheme would provide power for 68000 households and is also to be a testing site for offshore wind technology.

Mr Trump, president of the Trump Organisation, claimed the wind farm will spoil the view from his luxury golf resort at the Menie Estate.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project is a joint venture by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

The Trump Organisation said it was an "extremely unfortunate" ruling, and it would "continue to fight" the proposal.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favour.

"The proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is an important project for Aberdeen and north east Scotland.

"It will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies to enable costs to be further reduced.


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