Ministers back increase to Viking Energy turbines

Scottish ministers have given their backing to Viking Energy’s plans to increase the turbine size of its planned windfarm in the isles.

The tip height increase is a variation to the original consent granted in 2012, which will allow the 103 turbine site to construct turbines with a tip height of up to 155 metres.

That represents an increase of 10 metres on the previously consented height.

In an unattributed statement, a Viking Energy “spokesman” said: “It’s another big positive for Viking as we work towards starting construction of the windfarm next year.

“The increase in tip height is a relatively modest but important change which allows the project to choose from the latest and most efficient turbines on the market and increase the amount of renewable power that can be generated.

“In granting consent, ministers drew attention to the seriousness of climate change and reiterated their priority of cutting carbon emissions.

“Viking Energy looks forward to playing its part in facilitating the transition to a low carbon future in Shetland and across Scotland.

“By installing a slightly larger turbines we will also be able to increase the amount of community benefit generated, making up to £2.2m available annually to the communities of Shetland for the lifetime of the windfarm.

“It is pleasing that ministers acknowledge the potential for the revised windfarm project to bring ‘substantial positive net economic benefits both to Shetland and Scotland’, which they consider important to an area seeking to diversify its economy.”

Viking is preparing for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, opening in the coming week, with the results of the auction expected between August and early November.

It says it is also preparing for early construction of the Kergord access track and the building of temporary construction compounds.


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  • James Soper

    • August 26th, 2019 16:08

    Are your readers aware the biggest consequence of this height increase will be the requirement for the turbines to have aircraft lights?

    These turbines (at 155m), which will be more than half as tall again as Big Ben (96m), will be visible 24 hrs a day for the life of the windfarm.

    So we must now add no more mirrie dancers or stargazing for anyone within sight of the turbines to the ever growing list of damage done as we destroy one of Scotland’s last unspoilt wildernesses.

    All so the SNP can hit their arbitrary target and SIC councillors don’t lose any more face. Is this really worth the estimated £81 per year this *might* bring to each resident of Shetland?

    And to all those people thinking “well it won’t effect me” let Mossey Hill windfarm be a warning. In 10 years there won’t be place in Shetland where you aren’t disturbed by a turbine if this is allowed to go ahead.


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