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SSE, Repsol Unit Seeks Approval for Wind Farm in Scottish Waters

SSE Plc (SSE) and Repsol YPF SA (REP) sought approval for their planned Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland’s Outer Moray Firth.

Units of the two companies applied to build as many as 277 wind turbines at the site about 13.5 kilometers (8.4 miles) from the Caithness coastline, according to application documents posted on SSE’s website. The project may generate as much as 1 gigawatt, enough power for more than 796,000 homes, SSE said.

The application was presented as a battle between Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and New York real-estate entrepreneur Donald Trump over offshore wind escalates. Salmond is promoting turbines at sea to create jobs and boost the economy. Trump, planning to open a golf course overlooking a different, experimental offshore turbine project in July, argues they’ll damage tourism and cost the economy in subsidies.

A decision on Beatrice from Scottish ministers is expected in about nine months, according to SSE’s website. SSE Renewables Holdings U.K. Ltd. owns 75 percent of Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd. with Repsol Nuevas Energias U.K. Ltd. holding the remaining shares, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell in London at Sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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