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Scottish 100MW offshore project opposed by Donald Trump

UK: A Vattenfall-led consortium has filed for consent to build an 11-turbine offshore project off the Scottish coast. However, the project is set to be opposed by US entrepreneur Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's organisation is opposing 100MW Scottish offshore wind farm plans
Donald Trump's organisation is opposing 100MW Scottish offshore wind farm plans

In August last year, Vattenfall was awarded the rights to develop the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre by the Crown Estate. It will have a maximum capacity of 100MW.

The project is owned by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Ltd, a company owned 75% by Vattenfall and 25% by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) to test and demonstrate up to 11 next-generation offshore wind turbines and other technology in Aberdeen Bay.

However, Trump's organisation — which is planning to build a £750 million housing and golf course complex nearby — has said it will oppose the plans. The wind farm would be located 1.5 miles from the coast.

Trump plans to open the golf course at the 500 hectare estate next July.

Speaking to the Guardian, George Sorial, managing director of the Trump Organisation, said the windfarm would affect the  resort. "We are here to stay and I don't think it's a good idea to interfere with our investment. We are not going to support a project that compromises what we have done. We will use any legal means in our jurisdiction."

In a statement the company also  said: "We are opposed the siting of this wind farm and will fight the proposal on every possible front."

Coincidentally, Trump's plans have faced much opposition from local residents who believe his development will harm the environment.

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