EOWDC substation plan rejected

The consortium planning a major offshore wind turbine test site in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland, has suffered a big blow after councillors rejected its proposals for an onshore substation.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) – famously the target of a high-profile campaign by US tycoon Donald Trump – today saw elected representatives on Aberdeenshire Council throw out plans for the onshore work.

The EOWDC is being developed as a demonstrator site for 11 “first run of production” offshore wind turbine models aiming to be used on UK Round 3 projects.

The substation was described as a “key element” of the project when the EOWDC consortium, led by Swedish utility Vattenfall, lodged its planning application in January.

But residents in the village of Blackdog apparently opposed the plan and lobbied the councillors to have it thrown out.

Iain Todd, a spokesman for the EOWDC project partners AREG and Vattenfall along with consortium partner Technip Offshore Wind said: "We are extremely disappointed at the decision. We believe this a missed opportunity for the region and that we could have worked with Aberdeenshire Council to agree further conditions to progress the scheme.

“We will give careful consideration to the formal reasons for the decision before we decide our next steps."

Trump has fought a bitter campaign against the test site over its effect on the views from his nearby luxury golf complex.

The tycoon is challenging through the courts the Scottish government’s decision to grant permission for the offshore project.

Trump was this afternoon triumphant on Twitter, saying: "Great victory for people of Blackdog, Scotland. They defeated substation, stopping inefficient and ugly wind turbines.”