SSE ditches plans for windfarm off Kintyre

Scottish and Southern Energy has ditched plans an offshore wind farm in Scotland. The company has halted work on the windfarm at Kintyre following consultations that highlighted potential problems regarding […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Scottish and Southern Energy has ditched plans an offshore wind farm in Scotland.

The company has halted work on the windfarm at Kintyre following consultations that highlighted potential problems regarding the project’s impact on nearby Campbeltown Airport, local communities and recreational sailing in the area.

SSE will however press ahead with a windfarm off 13km off Islay. The company’s chief operating officer Colin Hood said: “Having assessed the wind resource, listened to the concerns of local residents, businesses and other stakeholders, and having regard to the impact of Campbeltown Airport and the recreational sailing community, we believe our decision to halt the development of the Kintyre site is the responsible course of action to take. We are grateful to everyone who took part in our consultations on the project.”

He added that the Islay project had “massive potential to contribute to the Scottish and UK governments’ renewable energy targets”.