Sep 29th, 2016
World's most powerful turbines will be view from Trump International
The size of two Big Bens
Words: John Dean
The world's most powerful wind turbines are going to be built in Scotland despite a long-running legal battle by Donald Trump. Eleven 625ft-tall turbines will be installed in Aberdeen Bay, a few miles from the Trump International.
They are the largest in production anywhere in the world, the same height as two Big Bens.
Trump claims the turbines will spoil the view from the course, and has fought numerous court battles, and fallen out with Alex Salmond, in attempt to have the decision to go-ahead overturned: but to no avail.
A spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation said: "Aside from the raft of outstanding planning conditions that Vattenfall has failed to address - including the design statement which details the height and position of the turbines - today's announcement clearly demonstrates what we have contended all along.
"This sham of a project is nothing more than a huge, unsightly, energy plant supplying heavily subsidised electric power to an onshore substation at Blackdog.
"The Trump Organisation is considering all its options for maintaining its challenge against this economically disastrous project that will blight the north east coastline."
The 80ft-long blades for the V164 turbines will be built on the Isle of Wight and assembled in Denmark before being shipped to the UK.
Onshore work is due to begin at Blackdog later this year and the turbines are expected to be erected in the first half of 2018.
The V164s, made by Danish firm MHI Vestas, broke the record for wind energy production in 2014 when a single turbine produced enough electricity to supply 13,500 homes for 24 hours.