Plans for a wind farm off the Scottish east coast city of Aberdeen are to be scaled down from 23 turbines, project developers Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) have revealed, without giving details. It is understood the number of turbines are to be reduced to around 12-15. "We have listened very carefully to the issues raised," head of Vattenfall Anders Dahl said at Aberdeen's All-Energy conference and exhibition last month. "One of these is maritime safety, but also issues associated with the marine environment and helicopter operations. We now consider it highly likely that we will apply for consent for a smaller scheme as a first phase." The project, to be built between one and three miles off the coast, is planned as a test site for new offshore wind turbines and is eligible for EUR 40 million of funding under the EU's economic recovery plan (previous story). "Being granted demonstrator status propels us into new territory in terms of research and development into the latest technology, skills and manufacturing for offshore wind," said Iain Todd of AREG.
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