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Technical and Financial Viability Study for a Commercial-scale Wind Project on Flotta

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Client: Orkney Islands Council & Carbon Trust
Date: 2007
Location: Scotland (UK)

This study was carried out for Orkney Islands Council by Aquatera in conjunction with a number of the company's specialist economic, financial and electrical engineering associates. It was part funded by the Carbon Trust, whose activities in Scotland are primarily funded by the Scottish Government.

The potential for establishing a commercial-scale wind project in association with the existing grid connection at the Flotta Oil Terminal, Orkney, was investigated. Study objectives included:

  • Forecasting the potential export capacity within the existing grid connection
  • Recommending possible development scenarios for timing and identified risks
  • Scaling and positioning devices based on capacity and risk profiles
  • Identifying connection and pricing options
  • Providing a business model for the identified development options
  • Recommending a suitable, tax efficient mechanism to progress local investment

Findings of this study indicated that the project would be technically and, in all likelihood, financially viable. The key obstacle was the availability of a grid connection. Another consideration not included in the scope of the study was the local community's attitude towards the project. Given this situation, Aquatera recommended that both further discussions with Talisman Energy and consultation with the Flotta community over the results of the study be conducted prior to a project strategy being finalised.

 
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