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Trump must pay legal costs of Scottish offshore wind row

Trump International Golf ordered to pay Scottish government legal bill after Aberdeen Bay spat

Donald Trump’s golf course has been ordered pay the Scottish government’s legal costs after a years-long battle with the US President over an offshore wind farm in Aberdeen Bay.

Trump’s business empire heavily delayed the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) as it challenged consent for the project right through the Scottish legal system and up to the UK Supreme Court.

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The Court of Session in Edinburgh did not reveal the sum involved when it awarded costs to the Scottish government, which confirmed the decision when contacted by Recharge.

Trump International Golf Club claimed the 11-turbine project would ruin the views of golfers playing at the luxury resort, but finally lost its legal battle in late 2015.

The Vattenfall-led EOWDC opened last summer, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon formally inaugurating the project in September – and saying the project showed Scotland was “in the mainstream” over fighting climate change.

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