Highlands & Islands

'No objection' call over Outer Moray Firth wind farm plans

Wind turbines
Image caption If given the go-ahead, the project could supply one million households

Highland councillors have been advised not to object to plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth.

Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd wants to construct up to 339 turbines across three offshore wind farms located 22km (13.5 miles) from the Caithness coast.

The consortium claims the £4.5bn project could supply up to one million households.

Council officers have recommended that no objection be raised to the plans.

The Scottish government, which will have the final say on the planning application, has sought Highland Council's view on the project.

Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd submitted plans for the project to government agency Marine Scotland last summer.

The consortium is a joint venture between European firms EDP Renewables (EDPR UK) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK.

The developers want to build between 189 and 339 turbines, with a maximum blade tip height of 204m, over a 295 sq km area.

The development would be capable of producing up to 1,500MW of power.

The world's largest operational offshore wind farm is the 175-turbine London Array.

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