Swedish energy company Vattenfall has invested SEK3 billion ($349 million; €316 million) in a wind farm off the coast of Scotland that has drawn legal challenges from US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The investment carries forward the 92.4MW project and the development of an energy research centre despite ongoing complaints from the Trump Organisation, a real estate conglomerate he owns and manages.
After the Scottish government approved the project in 2013, Trump argued it would ruin the view from his luxury golf course in Aberdeen. The project received full clearance from the authorities at the end of 2015.
The Trump Organisation still doesn't seem to consider the matter settled. “There are 16 planning conditions which have not been purified and we intend to lodge formal written objections with Marine Scotland, challenging each one of them. The project can't proceed until the conditions are satisfied and we will also pursue additional remedies before the European Courts as necessary,” it said in a statement, according to the BBC.
Vattenfall now has full ownership of the project and the attached European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which should start operations in 2018.
“This project underscores our long-term aim to extend our wind power capacity in Great Britain. The British government wants wind power to continue making up a significant part of the country's climate-neutral electricity generation. We aim to be a part of this development,” Vattenfall chief executive Magnus Hall said in a statement.