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Wind farm project predicted to put over 800 million into the Scottish economy - 30th August

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A report has claimed that £827 million could be invested into the Scottish economy due to the Neart na Gaoithe windfarm which has been proposed to be built off the coast of Fife.

Fraser of Allander Institute created the report and claimed that the project will result in over 2,000 new jobs and has the potential to be Scotland’s next major infrastructure project. The total cost of the project equates to approximately £2bn.

The breakdown of the report suggests the project will boost Scotland’s construction industry by £382 million, the services sector by £440 million and agriculture, forestry and fishing by £5 million.

However, currently the RSPB are opposing the scheme as they claim it would have a significant effect on some of Scotland’s protected sea birds.

Mainstream Renewable Power, who is developing the off-shore wind farm, believe there will be the creation of high-skilled and high-quality jobs, should the scheme go ahead. The project is due to be operational for 25 years, with additional time for the commissioning and decommissioning of the project, therefore guaranteeing jobs for the locals for a long period of time.

Recently the Neart na Goithe Wind Farm Coalition has been launched which calls on the RSPB to reconsider their opposition to the project and drop the legal action which they have against Neart na Goithe and three other schemes, as the potential economic benefits outweigh the potential environmental costs. Mainstream Renewable Power hopes the case will be settles which will enable them to move forward with construction on the project.

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