Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm

Last updated on 24 May 2017

Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm to be located around 3 kilometres off the east coast of Aberdeenshire, in the North Sea, Scotland. It is being developed by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre consortium.[3] The scheme consists of 11 wind turbines with an installed capacity of up to 100 megawatts.[3] It is to be located between Blackdog and Bridge of Don near Aberdeen.[4]

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Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is located in Scotland


The wind farm was initially proposed by the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) in 2003.[5] The original plan was for 20 two-megawatt turbines in an eight kilometres long row about 1 kilometre offshore.[5] A geological survey of Aberdeen Bay was begun in 2007,[6] and a grant of 40 million euros was offered by the European Commission in 2009.[4] The proposal at that stage was for a maximum of 23 turbines.[4]

A planning application was lodged in August 2011.[7] The application was submitted by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) in cooperation with two other companies, Vattenfall and Technip.[7] The proposal was for 11 turbines.[7] Planning consent was granted by the Scottish government in March 2013.[8]

In May 2013 Vattenfall announced plans to reduce its stake in the project.[9] In October 2013 Aberdeenshire councillors rejected a planning application to build an electricity substation.[10] In December 2013 it was announced that construction would be delayed for two years, with connection of the grid occurring in 2017.[11] In January 2014 an appeal against the substation vote was lodged.[12] The developers won the appeal in July 2014.[13]

Vattenfall decided to proceed with the 92 MW wind farm in July 2016.[14] As of March 2017 the wind farm is planned to consist of 11 turbines each of 8 MW placed 3 km from land[2] with a contract for the assembly of suction bucket foundations for the turbines contracted out to Smulders Projects UK.[15]

The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the first half of 2018.[1]


American billionaire Donald Trump purchased a large part of the Menie estate near the village of Balmedie in 2006. He proposed to build a golf course, with a hotel, holiday homes and a residential village.[16] He expressed his concerns about the wind farm in April 2006 stating that "I want to see the ocean, I do not want to see windmills."[17]

In 2006 RSPB Scotland expressed concern about the effect both the wind farm and Donald Trump's golf course would have on the wildlife on the Aberdeenshire coast.[17] In 2011 the RSPB called for "more planning, research and monitoring ... to ensure we truly understand the impact this site may have on local birds."[18]

In September 2011 the Trump Organization filed an objection to the planning application.[19]

By 2012 the RSPB dropped its opposition to the wind farm following the reduction in the number of turbines and a change in the layout."[20]

In May 2013 Trump launched a legal challenge against the Scottish government's decision to grant planning permission for the wind farm.[21] The hearing began at the Court of Session in November 2013,[22] but was rejected in February 2014.[23] An appeal against the decision was heard at the Court of Session in January 2015,[24] but Trump lost the appeal in June 2015.[25] After the decision Trump said he would appeal before both the Supreme Court of the UK and the European Courts.[25] Trump was unanimously found to be the loser of the case by the UK Supreme Court in December 2015.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Construction of EOWDC". corporate.vattenfall.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm". 4coffshore.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  3. ^ a b European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Vattenfall, retrieved 29 July 2014
  4. ^ a b c Offshore wind farm given EC boost, BBC News, 7 May 2009
  5. ^ a b Offshore wind farm plan unveiled, BBC News, 15 September 2003
  6. ^ Sea survey for offshore wind farm, BBC News, 5 July 2007
  7. ^ a b c Wind farm project application for Aberdeen Bay, BBC News, 5 August 2011
  8. ^ Consent for Donald Trump row wind farm announced, BBC News, 26 March 2013
  9. ^ Aberdeen wind farm partner Vattenfall to reduce stake, BBC News, 10 May 2013
  10. ^ Plans for wind test centre off Aberdeen suffers setback, BBC News, 29 October 2013
  11. ^ Offshore wind farm plan opposed by Donald Trump is delayed, BBC News, 5 December 2013
  12. ^ Energy giant to appeal rejection of £230m Aberdeen Bay wind farm, STV, 14 January 2014
  13. ^ Substation near Donald Trump golf course to go ahead, BBC News, 23 July 2014
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854835
  15. ^ Findlay, Keith (2017-02-01). "English firm Smulders wins Aberdeen Bay wind farm deal". energyvoice.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  16. ^ First look at Trump plan for 'world’s best course', HeraldScotland, 16 February 2010
  17. ^ a b Fears over Trump's golfing plans, BBC News, 24 May 2006
  18. ^ RSPB Scotland objection to Aberdeen offshore wind farm, BBC News, 1 November 2011
  19. ^ Donald Trump sends wind farm complaint to Alex Salmond, BBC News, 14 September 2011
  20. ^ Donald Trump in fresh Aberdeen wind farm attack, BBC News, 5 October 2012
  21. ^ Donald Trump launches legal challenge to wind farm decision, BBC News, 16 May 2013
  22. ^ Donald Trump challenge to Aberdeenshire wind turbines begins, BBC News, 12 November 2013
  23. ^ Donald Trump loses court battle against offshore wind farm, The Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2014
  24. ^ "Trump and windfarm team face courtroom battle over Aberdeen turbines plan". Evening Express. 20 January 2015.
  25. ^ a b Billionaire Donald Trump loses legal battle over offshore wind farm, STV, 5 June 2015
  26. ^ Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited v The Scottish Ministers [2015] UKSC 74

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