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World's most powerful turbines to be built off Trump course

Eleven 625ft-tall wind turbines will be placed in Aberdeen Bay near Trump International Golf Links.

Colossal:  V164 turbine installed at Burbo Bank off Liverpool (file pic).
Colossal: V164 turbine installed at Burbo Bank off Liverpool (file pic). MHI Vestas

The world's most powerful wind turbines are going to be built in Scotland despite a long-running legal battle by presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Eleven 625ft-tall turbines will be installed in Aberdeen Bay, a few miles from a golf course owned by the billionaire.

They are the most powerful in production anywhere in the world, the same height as two Big Bens or three Wallace Monuments.

Mr Trump claims the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) will spoil the view from Trump International Golf Links near Balmedie.

His attempts to overturn planning permission for the project have repeatedly been defeated in court and caused a high-profile spat with former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Vattenfall is leading the development of the EOWDC and plans to invest £300m in the site, which will become Scotland's largest offshore testing facility for wind turbines.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation said: "Aside from the raft of outstanding planning conditions that Vattenfall has failed to address - including the design statement which details the height and position of the turbines - today's announcement clearly demonstrates what we have contended all along.

"This sham of a project is nothing more than a huge, unsightly, energy plant supplying heavily subsidised electric power to an onshore substation at Blackdog.

"The Trump Organisation is considering all its options for maintaining its challenge against this economically disastrous project that will blight the north east coastline."

The 80ft-long blades for the V164 turbines will be built on the Isle of Wight and assembled in Denmark before being shipped to the UK.

Onshore work is due to begin at Blackdog later this year and the turbines are expected to be erected in the first half of 2018.

The V164s, made by Danish firm MHI Vestas, broke the record for wind energy production in 2014 when a single turbine produced enough electricity to supply 13,500 homes for 24 hours.

At sea, each turbine is expected to be capable of powering about 7500 households a day.

They are the largest wind turbines currently in production and the second biggest ever built after a turbine at the Methil Offshore Wind Farm in Fife, which is 640ft tall.

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