A huge Scottish wind farm is seeking consent to increase the power generated by the project to one gigawatt (GW).
Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, which will be located nine miles off the coast of Angus, was planned to have a generation capacity of 700 megawatts (MW) from 72 turbines.
But the new application to Marine Scotland from developer Red Rock Power appears to be seeking consent to generate ‘up to’ 1000MW or 1GW from the same number of turbines.
The higher power output will be generated through “technological advances in turbine technology” since the 2018 application was submitted, Red Rock said.
Andy Blyth, Inch Cape Consents manager, added: “We have submitted an application to vary Inch Cape’s offshore consent and increase the wind farm’s generation capacity.
“This would create an opportunity to maximise the amount of clean energy generated for consumers, without changing the offshore design or increasing potential impacts to the environment.”
In June, Red Rock Power recieved consent to cut the number of turbines from the originally consented 110 turbines to 72.
Inch Cape is expected to bring at least £558 million create around 858 jobs over the course of the project.