Trump loses EOWDC court challenge

A Scottish court has thrown out a challenge by US tycoon Donald Trump to consent for an offshore wind turbine test site in Aberdeen Bay.

Trump petitioned the Court of Session in Edinburgh for a judicial review of the Scottish government’s go-ahead for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), an 11-turbine project led by Swedish utility Vattenfall.

Trump has waged an aggressive campaign against the project, claiming it would ruin the views from his luxury golf resort on the shore.

The businessman's legal team claimed the decision by Scottish ministers was flawed on several grounds and that a public enquiry should have been held.

But a judgement by Lord Doherty rejected his petition, saying the consent order fell within the law.

The EOWDC still faces another big hurdle after local councillors rejected plans for its onshore works – a decision which Vattenfall is appealing.

The multiple issues recently led the project to delay its grid-connection to 2017.

The project was designed to test a number of “first run of production” offshore wind turbines to be used at UK Round 3 projects. However, the delay could put in peril its relevance to some of the machines due to come to market over the next few years.