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Trump to go ahead with £750 million hotel

SCOTLAND: TV personality and entrepreneur Donald Trump is to go ahead with a hotel complex in Aberdeen Bay, backing down on an earlier promise not to build it if Vattenfall's nearby 100MW offshore wind farm went ahead.

In January, Trump halted work on the £750 million development while stepping up his campaign against wind farms in Scotland and the Vattenfall project in particular. However, Trump has recently suffered from both a lack of support and the determination of Scottish ministers to see the project succeed.

According to The Scotsman, Trump said: "I’m ready to build a hotel. It will be the best hotel in Scotland and one of the best hotels in Europe. Everybody wants to be near our course."

Last month, an anti-wind campaign involving property tycoon Donald Trump suggesting a Scottish landscape blighted by rusting and broken wind turbines has been criticised as misleading by the UK's advertising watchdog.

Communities Against Turbines in Scotland (CATS) and Trump ran a regional press campaign depicting rusting wind turbines with the headline 'Welcome to Scotland'.

The advert then went on to say: "Alex Salmond [Scotland's First Minister] wants to build 8,750 of these monstrosities — just think about it!"

Vattenfall was awarded the rights to develop the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre by the Crown Estate in August 2011. 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.

One of these may be Vestas' upcoming V164 8MW turbine.

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