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Major offshore wind project’s onshore plans approved

The Highland Council has given the go ahead to the onshore plans for a major offshore wind project off the coast of Scotland.

The approval, granted during a meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee, signals progress for the two-gigawatt energy scheme.

This project, slated to begin construction in 2027, aims to generate electricity for around two million homes once operational.

Developed by a joint venture including Corio Generation, TotalEnergies and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group, the windfarm secured seabed development rights in the ScotWind leasing round of 2022.

While awaiting a decision on offshore consent from the Scottish Government, the project developers are committed to working closely with stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the plans.

West of Orkney Windfarm Development Manager Jack Farnham said: “The onshore connection is a vital component of the offshore windfarm and will enable us to export clean electricity to homes and businesses across the country.

“The cables to our substation will all be underground and once installed, the land will be reinstated.”

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