The project partners behind the ground-breaking European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to approve consent for the project.
The project is a demonstration facility for next generation wind turbines and associated technology. With expected capital expenditure of more than £230 million, the EOWDC would prove to be a major investment in Scotland’s renewables infrastructure and a vital boost to its offshore wind ambitions.
The EOWDC is a joint venture between Vattenfall – Europe’s sixth largest generator of electricity – the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), a pioneering private-public partnership, and consortium partner Technip Offshore Wind, a leading provider of specialist offshore wind installation and project management services.
The project is expected to create substantial spin-out opportunities for the supply chain as well as jobs and economic benefit by attracting scientists, researchers, engineers, offshore wind supply chain companies and future investment including manufacturing. This is anticipated to further add to Aberdeen City and Shire's existing energy credentials including the skills and infrastructure required to build a 21st century energy industry for generations to come.
The European Union has awarded the EOWDC a grant of up to €40million under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) for the development of the project which was awarded demonstrator site status by The Crown Estate in 2010.