Scots grant licence for EOWDC

The Scottish Government has granted a marine licence for Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

The 11-turbine centre, planned for Aberdeen Bay, off northwest Scotland, is intended to demonstrate the viability of several next-generation offshore turbine models.

It has suffered several setbacks since it was granted permission in late spring 2013, including a legal battle with US tycoon Donald Trump, who led a bitter public campaign against the wind farm, claiming it would ruin the views from his luxury golf resort.

That was followed by a rejection in October last year of the onshore substation by local councillors in the village of Blackdog. Vattenfall appealed to overturn the rejection, as it was "critical to its project development".

Vattenfall says the EOWDC is vital to the Energetica development corridor, whose backers hope to transform the 50km stretch between Aberdeen and Peterhead into a hot bed of industrial activity and innovation for Scotland's offshore renewables and hydrocarbon sectors.

The company continues to seek a new investor for part of its share in the £230m ($380m) EOWDC. Construction is expected to start in 2017.