Plans for a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen in Scotland have moved forward a step with the enlistment of project management and services company AMEC to work alongside Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) on a feasibility study. AMEC is already involved in developing two offshore wind farms for power giant Centrica. AREG is a group of up to 60 companies and organisations set up to help businesses from the oil and gas sector in the north-east of Scotland expand into the burgeoning renewables industry. The offshore wind station will secure Aberdeen's place as the energy capital of Europe -- not just the oil and gas capital of Europe -- says AREG's Iain Todd. AREG brought AMEC on board, citing the need for a commercial partner to help make the vision a reality. The £1 million study will last between 18 to 24 months and look at an area ten to 12 miles long and around one mile offshore between Aberdeen and Newburgh to the north. It will examine a range of issues including impacts on shipping and navigation, birds and marine ecology. According to AREG's Iain Todd, the area is likely to be constrained by an environmentally sensitive area to the north and shipping to the south around Aberdeen harbour. The number and size of the turbines will be determined by the study, but he expects the project to comprise at least 20 machines.
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