First Minister to open major offshore wind farm

An offshore wind farm that faced opposition from Donald Trump is to be officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister.

Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the coast of Aberdeen exported to the national grid for the first time in July.

Its 11 turbines are said to be the most powerful in the world, generating enough energy with a single rotation to power an average home for 24 hours.

A wind turbine at the Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
The turbines stand 191 metres tall and the blades are 80 metres long (Vattenfall/PA)

The wind farm, situated around 1.5 miles from the shore, is expected to produce enough electricity to meet the demand of almost 80,000 homes a year.

The project faced delays including a court challenge by Donald Trump, who claimed the turbines would ruin the view from his golf course at Balmedie.

Nicola Sturgeon will attend the inauguration on Friday with Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse and representatives from Swedish-owned Vattenfall.

A turbine is installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Work began to install the first turbine earlier this year (Vattenfall/PA)

The power company said the wind farm will help establish the north east of Scotland as an international centre for offshore wind generation.

The first of the turbine foundations was installed in the seabed in March, with the final turbine put in place at the end of May.

It was connected to the national grid after the laying of more than four miles of high voltage underground cable between Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) substation in Dyce and the wind farm’s onshore substation at Blackdog.

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