Windfarm power cable planned

AN UNDERGROUND cable which will bring in power generated by offshore windfarms could disrupt large parts of land between Arbroath and Carnoustie.

Seagreen Wind Energy is currently carrying out a scoping exercise to see how power can be brought from farms such as the proposed Inch Cape development to the nearest Scottish and Southern Energy giant sub station at Tealing.

The Inch Cape development would be located around 22 kilometres off the coast of Arbroath and Carnoustie and three possible sites between the two towns have been identified as places where the cable could make landfall.

The cable would be formally known as the onshore export cable route and could meet land at Elliot, Easthaven or Barry Buddon.

It would then carry on up to Tealing but farmland, housing and golf courses could be disrupted by the cable.

Seagreen Wind Energy would also have to figure out a way of the cable crossing the A92 dual carriageway as well as the East Coast mainline railway.

If Elliot is chosen as the place the line makes landfall, Arbroath Artisan Golf Club could be affected while Panmure Golf Club would be disrupted if Carnoustie is favoured.

In the report by Seagreen Wind Energy they state: “The area under consideration for the proposed development stretches approximately 20 kilometres inland across Angus from an area on the coastline between Arbroath and Carnoustie to the existing electrical substation a short distance southwest of Tealing village.

“This stretch of coastline largely comprises beaches with rocky outcrops and sand dunes. Inland from the coast the majority of the proposed development footprint passes over arable land with generally level topography interspersed with occasional areas of grassland and small pockets of woodland.”

Concerns have been raised by landowners and farmers along the route but it is thought the work could bring a number of jobs to the area to boost the economy.

However as work is not likely to begin until 2015, there would be no disruption to Barry Buddon, which is set to host the shooting competitions in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Inch Cape Offshore Limited has applied to the Scottish Government to erect a meteorological mast 15 kilometres off the Arbroath coast which will gather data for potential wind turbines.

The plans for the mast are currently being displayed in Arbroath Public Library and an opinion survey has been launched.

The mast will measure 100 metres above sea level and could be in close proximity to the Bell Rock Lighthouse on the Inchcape Reef.

Several windfarms will make up the development, which it is estimated will produce up to 3.5 gigawatts of energy.

The power will then be brought inland via the Onshore Export Cable Route.

Organisations such as Angus Council, Scottish National Heritage, the Ministry of Defence and the RSPB have all been consulted.

The Inch Cape development will be just one of a number of wind farm developments planned for the east coast stretching from Montrose to North Berwick.

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