The project is certainly on the ropes but a knockout punch may not yet have been applied, as the report explains.
H/T Daily Telegraph
A £2 billion offshore wind farm is set to be scrapped after it lost a Government subsidy contract due to an ongoing legal challenge over its impact on birds.
The proposed Neart na Gaoithe wind farm would see 64 turbines built nine miles off the coast of Fife and was one of only two offshore wind projects to win a subsidy contract from the Government last year.
Under the terms of the contract, £200 million had to be committed to the project by a deadline of March 26. But developer Mainstream Renewable Power said it was unable to do so while the wind farm was still subject to a legal challenge by the RSPB, which claimed the 646-feet tall turbines, together with others proposed in the area, would be among “the most deadly for birds anywhere in the world”.
Wildlife groups fear the wind farms could kill large numbers of gannets from the nearby Bass Rock colony, the largest in the world. While a Scottish judge hearing the case has yet to decide whether planning permission should be revoked, it appears the challenge in itself may have succeeded in killing off the project.
Full report: Birds scupper £2bn offshore wind farm