The Scottish government has granted planning permission for the installation of an onshore substation serving the proposed 700 MW Inch Cape offshore wind farm.
Red Rock Power, developer of Inch Cape, applied for consent to build the substation at the site of the former Cockenzie power station in East Lothian, Scotland. The company says that the decision is a “key milestone” in the development of the Inch Cape wind farm, planned for installation off the east coast of Scotland.
Construction of the wind farm is due to start in 2020 and could be on-line in 2023. The developer is aiming to submit a bid in the UK’s upcoming contracts for difference (CFD) auction to support the project.
“The onshore planning consent is a key milestone in the ICOL project and will ensure the project can move forwards within the required timescales,” said Ian Johnson, Inch Cape project manager.
Johnson added: “We look forward to continuing the positive work we have been doing with East Lothian council and the local communities in order to finalise plans and agreements and ensure construction can begin on time in 2020. The project will act as a positive catalyst in the local area as it continues to go through a period of change following the closure of the power station.”