Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mainstream wins court fight over €2bn wind energy project

Eddie O'Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power Photo: Tom Burke
Eddie O'Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power Photo: Tom Burke
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Eddie O'Connor's Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has received the go-ahead for a £2bn (€2.3bn) 450MW offshore wind farm in Scotland.

The go-ahead comes following a decision by the Supreme Court in London to reject the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland's application for leave to appeal in its long-running challenge to a planning decision made by Scottish Ministers in 2014.

"After more than two-and-a-half years, two court hearings and two rejected applications for leave to appeal by RSPB Scotland, we can finally focus on delivering the very significant benefits this project brings to the Scottish economy and its environment," said MRP's CEO Andy Kinsella.

Mr Kinsella went on to say that during the period the project was delayed it could have displaced approximately one million tonnes of CO2, making a significant contribution to the Scottish and UK Governments' energy and climate targets.

The project is expected to create 2,000 jobs each year during its four-year construction period, while hundreds of permanent jobs are expected to be created once it becomes operational. Construction of the wind farm is expected to begin in 2018, and the project should bring around £827m directly to the Scottish economy over its lifetime, a study by the Fraser of Allander Institute has found.

Irish Independent

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