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Highland smiles on 1GW Beatrice

EXCLUSIVE: Planners recommend support for SSE/Repsol wind farm

Highland smiles on 1GW Beatrice image

Highland officials have advised that the local authority give its blessing to SSE and Repsol's plans for the 1000MW Beatrice wind farm in the Moray Firth off northern Scotland, writes Todd Westbrook.

Planning papers being sent out to members of the north planning applications committee today recommended that no objection be made to the offshore wind project, on which Scottish ministers will make the final decision.

Visual impacts from the Scottish Territorial Waters plan are expected to be the main talking point at the NPAC meeting in Inverness on Tuesday next week. Beatrice is closer to shore than EDP and Repsol's neighbouring 1500MW Moray Firth projects, which won the support of Highland Council in March.

Beatrice is a 75:25 joint venture between SSE and Repsol. It will feature up to 277 turbines around 13.5km off the coast of Caithness.

A recommendation from Marine Scotland and final decision from Holyrood are expected later this year. Construction of the wind farm, if sanctioned, is not expected to kick off until after mid-decade.

Image: Beatrice will sit 13.5km off the coast of Caithness (SSE)

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