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Green energy projects win 100m

Two Scottish offshore renewable energy projects have had more than £100m of EU funding confirmed.

The EU energy commissioner confirmed a grant of 40 million euros (£36m) for Aberdeen's proposed offshore wind farm.

While a further 74 million euros (£67m) has also been approved for an offshore platform between Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

The platform will form part of the North Sea Grid, which will connect wind farms in eight European countries.

The commission's announcement effectively rubber stamps a decision made by the EU council earlier this year.

The Aberdeen Bay project could involve 23 turbines between one and three miles out to sea stretching about three miles from the Bridge of Don to Blackdog.

It is a joint venture between Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and Swedish utility company Vattenfall. The backers of the project said they were delighted with the news.

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