A wind turbine development project in the north sea near Aberdeen has taken another positive step forward.
The project gained media exposure due to its strong opposal by US President Donald Trump. The project will consist of 11 wind turbines, making up the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
The wind project is being developed and managed by Vattenfall. The Asian Hercules III, weighing 25,000 tonnes has installed the first suction bucket jacket foundation, in a process that took approximately 15 hours.
Adam Ezzamel, the project director for Vattenfall and manager of EOWDC has explained that the first installation of the suction bucket foundations is a significant accomplishment. The suction bucket jacket foundations are lowered into the water and rapidly embedded into the bed to create a secure foundation for the development of the world’s most powerful wind turbine later this year.
President Trump challenged the construction of wind project in court, trying to put a halt towards further development. Trump argued that the offshore wind site would spoil the view of his nearby golf resort, based at the Meenie estate on the Aberdeenshire coast. Trump opposed the beliefs of the Scottish government, which previously approved the plan and continue to stand their ground on the development.
Mr. Trump began his challenge to the decision to grant planning permission more than two years ago. He was furious when the Scottish government approved plans for the renewable energy development within sight of his multi-million-pound golf development on the Menie Estate in the north-east of Scotland.