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Offshore wind farm given EC boost

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There could be 23 turbines off the coast of Aberdeen

Aberdeen's proposed offshore wind farm has taken a step forward after a major European funding boost.

MEPs have approved 40 million euros for the Aberdeen Bay project.

It could involve 23 turbines between one and three miles out to sea stretching about three miles from the Bridge of Don to Blackdog beach.

The wind farm project is a joint venture between Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and Swedish utility company Vattenfall.

Aberdeen Central Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said: "Other countries like Sweden and Holland have already built large-scale offshore wind farms, but no-one has done so yet in the kind of challenging environment found in the northern North Sea.

"Visiting a large offshore wind farm gives a real vision of what the North Sea's next great industry could bring. The challenges are huge, and Aberdeen is best-placed to meet them.

"We must not miss this unique opportunity to put the city at the forefront of what will be the biggest new energy industry of the next decade."

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