New proposal tabled for £1.2 billion Scottish offshore wind farm

The developer behind a £1.2 billion wind farm off the coast of Scotland has submitted revised plans for the project following ‘new technological advantages’ in the offshore wind sector.

Inch Cape Offshore Limited’s (ICOL) alternative proposal sees fewer, taller and more powerful turbines comprising the Inch Cape project along with a reduced number of export cables, which could significantly cut construction time and costs.

While the turbines will be limited to a maximum of 72, each one would stand at up to 291 metres tall with a rotor diameter of 250 metres – turbines which only just fall short of the 310 metres tall Shard in London, the UK’s tallest building.

The 700MW development, located 15km off the Angus coast, will have the capacity to power up to 615,000 homes – a quarter of all Scottish households. The existing consent was granted in 2013 and is still valid.

ICOL’s project manager Ian Johnson said: “New learnings and technological advances create an opportunity for us to improve on the original proposals.

“With an approved proposal already under our belt this wasn’t something we were required to do, but felt it was important to integrate new advances where possible and consider what we’ve learnt since our existing consent was granted in 2013 that could further minimise our impacts.

“We look forward to engaging with local communities again to discuss our new proposal and answer any questions they may have.”