ScottishPower Renewables has put its proposed 1.5GW Argyll Array project on hold for a year. The pause provides time for detailed consideration of the associated environmental factors. A spokesman for the developer confirmed that the project had been placed on hold, adding: "During this period, the company will work alongside other agencies to study the results of initial detailed environmental studies of the project area."
It is proposed to develop a site off the coast of Tiree, on Scotland's west coast. But it has come under scrutiny by biodiversity regulators, concerned as to the potential impacts on marine wildlife. The zone is subject to an "area search" that could lead, eventually, to part of it being proposed as a marine special area of conservation (SAC). SPR has previously confirmed that it could redesign the project, if necessary.
The pause in the project programme also buys time for the company to take stock of progress being made in turbine, foundation and vessel technology. The spokesperson added that this would assist in "developing a technical solution that is fit for purpose in dealing with the physical characteristics of this site."
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