Published: 03/03/2016 18:24 - Updated: 03/03/2016 18:27

Base plans unveiled for wind farm

PLANS to build an operations and maintenance base at Wick harbour to service one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world are set to be unveiled to the public.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited (BOWL) want to build and operate up to 277 turbines off the east Caithness coast with a final investment decision on the venture expected before the end of the month.

The scheme is to go ahead without Repsol after the Spanish energy company opted to sell its offshore wind interests for £185 million to Chinese firm SDIC Power. This includes its 25 per cent share in the Beatrice project.

BOWL are to hold a public consultation on Wednesday, March 16 at Mackay's Hotel to outline their plans to set up a new base in Wick.

The offshore project was given planning permission by Marine Scotland two years ago and construction is scheduled to begin next year.

As part of the £2 billion project, investigation work was carried out last year to establish whether the port could accommodate the base, which is expected to be up to four times larger than any other building at the harbour.

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