Recreational sailing gets in the way of Kintyre wind farm

A host of barriers spell the end for a Scottish offshore wind farm

Scottish and Southern Energy will not build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Kintyre, the company announced on 1 March.

Several factors, including wind resource, mean it is not viable to proceed with the project, according to Colin Hood, the company's chief operating officer. The proximity of Campbeltown airport is also an issue, as is the impact the wind farm would have on the area's "recreational sailing community".

The Crown Estate awarded Scottish and Southern rights to investigate a 378-megawatt peak capacity wind farm in the area in 2009 (ENDS Report, April 2009).

Developers are still investigating eight other offshore wind farm sites in Scottish waters capable of producing six gigawatts of power.

Scottish and Southern is involved in one other potential project, off the coast of Islay. This could generate 680MW and the company expects to submit a planning application by 2014.

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