Green light for Neart na Gaoithe wind farm base in Eyemouth
Plans for an operations and maintenance base in the Scottish Borders which is linked to the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm off the Fife coast have been granted planning permission.
The facility at Eyemouth Harbour consists of a three-storey 1040 square metre main building and a two-storey 538 square metre storage warehouse.
Plans were submitted by Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture of EDF Renewables and ESB, and Eyemouth Harbour Trust.
The O&M building, which is designed by architects Corstorphine + Wright, will house the office, warehousing and staff welfare facilities required to support the servicing of NnG once the wind farm is operational.
Additional benefits of the O&M facility would be training, retraining and apprenticeship opportunities available to the residents of Eyemouth and the surrounding area.
Neart na Gaoithe project director Matthias Haag said the announcement is a significant next step towards NnG’s O&M facility being based in the town.
He said: “Having worked so closely with the Eyemouth Harbour Trust on the details of this proposal I am very pleased that Scottish Borders Council has approved the plans for our O&M base at Eyemouth Harbour.
“We need an O&M base for the 25-year lifespan of NnG which brings with it fantastic socio-economic benefits for the town of Eyemouth and the local community.”
Eyemouth Harbour Trust business manager Christine Bell added: “We have been working closely with the NnG project team to achieve this goal.
“It’s another positive and significant step towards regeneration opportunities being realised in Eyemouth.”