• STV says each of the 11 turbines will be 625 feet tall
• Donald Trump's most recent legal challenge was thrown out
Wind turbines at the centre of a long-running legal dispute between Donald Trump and the Scottish Government will be the ‘second biggest ever built’, it has been revealed.
STV is reporting today that no fewer than 11 turbines will be installed just a few miles off the coast off the American presidential candidate’s golf development near Aberdeen.
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At 625 feet tall, each turbine will be over 100 feet taller than the Blackpool Tower and two-thirds of the height of the Eiffel Tower. They will also all have blades spanning 80 feet and are the largest wind turbines currently in production.
It is reported that each one will be capable of powering 7,500 households per day. Onshore work will begin later this year, with the first installations scheduled for the first half of 2018.
This news will be a blow to Trump, who has consistently opposed the plans for the wind farm, which he maintains will spoil the coastal views from Trump International Golf Links Scotland. His most recent legal challenge was thrown out by the UK Supreme Court in December 2015.
"History will judge those involved unfavorably" - Donald Trump
In a statement issued following that ruling, the Trump Organisation said: “The EOWDC (European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre) will completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area,” continued the statement. “History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish Government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy.”
However, Andy Paine, the project director for Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd, described the ruling as ‘another significant step forward for the EOWDC’.
Donald Trump, currently campaigning to become the next president of the USA, has previously described wind power as ‘unattractive’, adding that it ‘doesn’t work, kills thousands of birds every year, reduces the value of homes, and requires massive subsidising, which comes direct from taxpayers’. On another occasion, he described the plans for the wind farm as an act of ‘public vandalism’.
He has also ordered that all future work at his Aberdeenshire development – which includes plans for an on-site hotel and second championship golf course – be halted until such times as plans for the wind farm are withdrawn.
Based on today’s news, that appears to be an ever-diminishing prospect.
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