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Scottish & Southern to develop 4 windfarms in Scotland

Scottish & Southern Energy Plc said its Airtricity renewable energy unit would develop offshore wind farms at four locations in Scottish territorial waters.

The British power company said it was granted “exclusivity” by the Crown Estate, which owns most of the seabed around Britain's shores.

The proposed wind farms at Beatrice, Bell Rock, Islay and Kintyre could have a combined capacity of up to 2,700 megawatts, the company said in a statement.

At two of the four sites, Scottish & Southern Energy is in partnership with other developers, including Aberdeen-based energy investment company Ramco Energy Plc's SeaEnergy Renewables unit.

SeaEnergy and its partners were awarded preferred bidder status in respect to Beatrice Offshore wind farm and Inch Cape Offshore wind farm, Ramco said separately.

The combined SeaEnergy interest in both projects is about 456.25 megawatts.

“SSE is also seeking to play a significant role in The Crown Estate's plans for a third round of offshore wind farm developments in zones off the coast of the UK,” Scottish and Southern Energy said.

Airtricity holds a 75% stake in the Beatrice Offshore application, while SeaEnergy holds the rest.

In Inch Cape, SeaEnergy owns a 25% interest with German energy firm RWE AG's RWE npower renewables Ltd unit holding 75%. (Reuters)