Plans for 72 wind turbines in North Sea off local coast

Plans for a new North Sea wind farm off the coast of Arbroath have been submitted.

Inch Cape Wind Farm could provide enough energy to meet the demands of approximately 615,000 UK households and power roughly 25% of Scottish homes.

It would see 72 turbines built in the east of Angus coastline.

The development would transmit the electricity generated to a substation at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

Permission for the wind farm was granted in 2014, but later quashed after a legal battle with RSPB Scotland over dangers the wind farm posed to sea birds. The Scottish Government later won an appeal against the decision.

The current plan reduces the number of wind turbines by a third.

A report on the project said: “Inch Cape will make an important contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy and climate change targets.

“The expected annual CO2 emissions savings from Inch Cape could account for the equivalent of between eight and 21% of the total carbon emissions estimated for Scotland.”

If approved, the new wind farm would create more than 1,000 full-time jobs during construction and up to 143 jobs after completion.

It would also create up to £136 million in revenue for Scotland during construction and up to £18m per annum once in operation.

Construction is expected to start around 2021, and will take approximately 24 months over three years.