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Aberdeen's off the beach proposal
1 October 2003
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm at Aberdeen has been unveiled by Aberdeen City Council. The wind farm is the brainchild of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), a gathering of 40 oil and gas companies with renewables interests, and research and public bodies. AMEC Wind, a member of AREG, says a wind farm would be economically and technically feasible and has identified an eight kilometre strip of shallow water north of the harbour entrance as a potential site. No more than about one kilometre from the shore, the site could accommodate 20, 2 MW wind turbines at a cost of around £40 million. The plan forms part of a proposal by AREG to build an Energy Futures Centre on the Aberdeen beach front. A feasibility study is needed before the project could go any further. Council leader Kate Dean says the "jury is still out" over the proposal and there has to be extensive consultation with all interested parties before the city council reaches a firm view on the project.
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