Chinese-owned developer Red Rock Power is pressing ahead with its 700MW Inch Cape wind power project off Scotland – which missed out on a Contract for Difference in the recent UK auction – with the appointment of Adam Ezzamel as project director.

Ezzamel, who project-managed the Donald Trump-opposed Aberdeen Bay development as well as the pioneering Neart na Gaoithe off the UK, will be in charge of progressing the consented wind farm, which was reconfigured with a slimmed-down layout built around 72 turbines rather than the 110 that were incorporated into the original Inch Cape development plan.

Guy Madgwick, CEO of Red Rock Power, said: “Inch Cape is a strong, viable proposition and we are committed to completing the wind farm. Adam Ezzamel’s appointment comes as we look to accelerate our plans and his experience will prove invaluable as we continue to progress with the project.”

Ezzamel added:”In Inch Cape lies significant opportunities and I look forward to working with the team, supply chain and stakeholders as we work towards bringing the wind farm to fruition.”

First conditional contracts have been agreed with Boskalis for the jacket foundations and NKT for the export line for Inch Cape, which is located 15km offshore in the Firth of Forth.

The new project concept is said to “significantly improving the efficiency” of the wind farm, with the smaller number of turbines “reducing the number of export cables required [and so] providing an opportunity to significantly cut construction time and costs to the end user”.