Monday, 13 February 2012
Salmond vs Trump
Last week's post on the latest Trump outburst resulted in some strong views from commenters, so I decided to investigate the proposed Aberdeen Bay offshore windfarm to see if Donald Trump's actions would have any impact upon Marine Scotland's decision.
Talks took place last week between Trump and the developers with the result being the video upload to Youtube some hours later and scathing attacks on the First Minister in the MSM.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which is managing the Aberdeen project, started life in 2004/5 when a joint venture between AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group) and AMEC (now the Swedish utility company Vattenfall) began developing plans to build and operate an offshore wind farm. Over time the project's scope developed to combine a commercial wind farm with a deployment centre and technology enabler.
The Aberdeen windfarm proposal was boosted, in 2009, with the news that the European Commission was considering investing €40m in the project and the venture partners believe it it was the potential to become a European test centre and a UK renewable energy hub.
The current partners of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (AOWFL) comprise of Vattenfall Wind Power UK, Technip and AREG and in August 2010 AOWEL was awarded exclusive rights, by the Crown Estate, to develop the project in a zone off the City of Aberdeen.
The project consists of up to 11 wind turbines with a maximum power generation of up to 100 mega watts. The wind turbines would export the electricity onshore to a new substation and then to the National Grid. The windfarm would be 2 kilometers offshore and with a maximum height of 195 metres and a maximum rotor diameter of 150 metres. These are massive turbines and will very possibly be seen from space. They will not be 'permanent' fixtures as they will be dismantled and removed when the proposed EOWDC is decommissioned at the end of the 22 year Crown Estate Lease period (environmental statement 8).
It's difficult to find any financial breakdown of this project's costs but certainly Mr Trump's tactics leave much to be desired by some. Will his behaviour have any effect on Marine Scotland and Scottish Ministers' decision? I doubt it. The Scottish government has invested too much in this and other projects to be influenced by Donald Trump.
I'll allow him the last word - an excerpt from a letter to Alex Salmond: