Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm

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Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm
Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is located in Scotland
Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm
Location of Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm in Scotland
Country Scotland
Location Aberdeen Bay
Coordinates 57°13′N 1°59′W / 57.217°N 1.983°W / 57.217; -1.983Coordinates: 57°13′N 1°59′W / 57.217°N 1.983°W / 57.217; -1.983
Status Proposed
Commission date May 2018 (2018-05)[1]
Construction cost £335 million[2]
Owner(s) European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Site area 19 km2[2]
Max. water depth 32 m[2]
Distance from shore 3 km (2 mi)[2]
Hub height 120 m[2]
Rotor diameter 164 m[2]
Power generation
Make and model Vestas V164-8MW
Units planned 11 × 8 MW[2]
Nameplate capacity 92.4 MW

Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm to be located around 3 kilometres off the east coast of Aberdeenshire, in the North Sea, Scotland. It is being developed by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre consortium.[3] The scheme consists of 11 wind turbines with an installed capacity of up to 100 megawatts.[3] It is to be located between Blackdog and Bridge of Don near Aberdeen.[4]


The wind farm was initially proposed by the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) in 2003.[5] The original plan was for 20 two-megawatt turbines in an eight kilometres long row about 1 kilometre offshore.[5] A geological survey of Aberdeen Bay was begun in 2007,[6] and a grant of 40 million euros was offered by the European Commission in 2009.[4] The proposal at that stage was for a maximum of 23 turbines.[4]

A planning application was lodged in August 2011.[7] The application was submitted by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) in cooperation with two other companies, Vattenfall and Technip.[7] The proposal was for 11 turbines.[7] Planning consent was granted by the Scottish government in March 2013.[8]

In May 2013 Vattenfall announced plans to reduce its stake in the project.[9] In October 2013 Aberdeenshire councillors rejected a planning application to build an electricity substation.[10] In December 2013 it was announced that construction would be delayed for two years, with connection of the grid occurring in 2017.[11] In January 2014 an appeal against the substation vote was lodged.[12] The developers won the appeal in July 2014.[13]

Vattenfall decided to proceed with the 92 MW wind farm in July 2016.[14] As of March 2017 the wind farm is planned to consist of 11 turbines each of 8 MW placed 3 km from land[2] with a contract for the assembly of suction bucket foundations for the turbines contracted out to Smulders Projects UK.[15]

The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the first half of 2018.[1]


American billionaire Donald Trump purchased a large part of the Menie estate near the village of Balmedie in 2006. He proposed to build a golf course, with a hotel, holiday homes and a residential village.[16] He expressed his concerns about the wind farm in April 2006 stating that "I want to see the ocean, I do not want to see windmills."[17]

In 2006 RSPB Scotland expressed concern about the effect both the wind farm and Donald Trump's golf course would have on the wildlife on the Aberdeenshire coast.[17] In 2011 the RSPB called for "more planning, research and monitoring ... to ensure we truly understand the impact this site may have on local birds."[18]

In September 2011 the Trump Organization filed an objection to the planning application.[19]

By 2012 the RSPB dropped its opposition to the wind farm following the reduction in the number of turbines and a change in the layout."[20]

In May 2013 Trump launched a legal challenge against the Scottish government's decision to grant planning permission for the wind farm.[21] The hearing began at the Court of Session in November 2013,[22] but was rejected in February 2014.[23] An appeal against the decision was heard at the Court of Session in January 2015,[24] but Trump lost the appeal in June 2015.[25] After the decision Trump said he would appeal before both the Supreme Court of the UK and the European Courts.[25] Trump was unanimously found to be the loser of the case by the UK Supreme Court in December 2015.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Construction of EOWDC". corporate.vattenfall.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm". 4coffshore.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  3. ^ a b European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Vattenfall, retrieved 29 July 2014 
  4. ^ a b c Offshore wind farm given EC boost, BBC News, 7 May 2009 
  5. ^ a b Offshore wind farm plan unveiled, BBC News, 15 September 2003 
  6. ^ Sea survey for offshore wind farm, BBC News, 5 July 2007 
  7. ^ a b c Wind farm project application for Aberdeen Bay, BBC News, 5 August 2011 
  8. ^ Consent for Donald Trump row wind farm announced, BBC News, 26 March 2013 
  9. ^ Aberdeen wind farm partner Vattenfall to reduce stake, BBC News, 10 May 2013 
  10. ^ Plans for wind test centre off Aberdeen suffers setback, BBC News, 29 October 2013 
  11. ^ Offshore wind farm plan opposed by Donald Trump is delayed, BBC News, 5 December 2013 
  12. ^ Energy giant to appeal rejection of £230m Aberdeen Bay wind farm, STV, 14 January 2014 
  13. ^ Substation near Donald Trump golf course to go ahead, BBC News, 23 July 2014 
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854835
  15. ^ Findlay, Keith (2017-02-01). "English firm Smulders wins Aberdeen Bay wind farm deal". energyvoice.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  16. ^ First look at Trump plan for 'world’s best course', HeraldScotland, 16 February 2010 
  17. ^ a b Fears over Trump's golfing plans, BBC News, 24 May 2006 
  18. ^ RSPB Scotland objection to Aberdeen offshore wind farm, BBC News, 1 November 2011 
  19. ^ Donald Trump sends wind farm complaint to Alex Salmond, BBC News, 14 September 2011 
  20. ^ Donald Trump in fresh Aberdeen wind farm attack, BBC News, 5 October 2012 
  21. ^ Donald Trump launches legal challenge to wind farm decision, BBC News, 16 May 2013 
  22. ^ Donald Trump challenge to Aberdeenshire wind turbines begins, BBC News, 12 November 2013 
  23. ^ Donald Trump loses court battle against offshore wind farm, The Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2014 
  24. ^ "Trump and windfarm team face courtroom battle over Aberdeen turbines plan". Evening Express. 20 January 2015. 
  25. ^ a b Billionaire Donald Trump loses legal battle over offshore wind farm, STV, 5 June 2015 
  26. ^ Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited v The Scottish Ministers [2015] UKSC 74

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