A Spanish-Portuguese-Chinese company has submitted plans for an offshore wind farm in northern Scotland that would be the world's largest.
The £4.5 billion ($7.2 billion) 115-square mile facility would have 339 turbines with a generating capacity of 1.5 gigawatts - about the same as a large nuclear power station, and enough to power at least 800,000 homes, or about 40 percent of the country's households, the Guardian reports.
A company called Moray Offshore Renewables hopes to start producing electricity from the project by 2018 some 12 miles off the coast in the Moray Firth, a wide inlet of the North Sea near Inverness. The project is separate from the proposed offshore wind farm in nearby Aberdeenshirewho's worried it will .
Moray Offshore Renewables is a joint venture between Spanish oil company Repsol and Portuguese power company Energias de Portugal. China's stated-owned Three Gorges Corp. recently acquired 21 percent of EDP from the Portuguese government. Three Gorges led the construction of China's environmentally destructive Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest hydroelectric plant.
Moray must first receive planning permission, which is not a certainty.
If the scheme goes as planned, it would be larger than the, 1-gigawatt off shore wind farm under construction in the Thames Estuary which if completed by the target year 2015 would be the world's largest.
Images: Beach, firth and highlands from Dr. Richard Murray. Map from Kmusser. Both via Wikimedia Commons.
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