St Fergus Energy park developers accused of ‘misleading’ villagers

Developers of a new energy park near the St Fergus gas terminal have been accused of “misleading” locals about the plans. One representative of Green Cat Renewables, Graham Donnachie, is understood to have told villagers that rejection of the firm’s plans would “increase domestic energy bills” while wearing a lanyard belonging to a rival energy firm. Amanda Stephen, a mother of three from St Fergus, said there are also strong concerns about the location of the energy park’s four wind turbines to the gas plant.
Mr Donnachie said last night that safety of the gas terminal and the general public was “absolutely paramount” to the design of St Fergus Energy Park. Ms Stephen said: “It’s all been kept really quiet, apparently they’ve been planning it for three or four years, but we were only told about it two weeks ago. “Mr Donnachie said he got the SSE lanyard at a conference or something, but it’s misleading the public, especially when you’re also telling people they’re gas bill is going to go up.”

St Fergus Energy Park plans include four 330 foot onshore wind turbines and a 105,000 panel solar farm.

Renewable energy creates three times more jobs than fossil fuels. According toClean Technica, “a national study showed that job creation in clean energy outdoes fossil fuels by a margin of 3-to-1 — every dollar put into clean energy creates three times as many jobs as putting that same dollar into oil and gas.”

The proposals hope to ensure a sustainable source of energy for the site.

Ms Stephen described the plans for the turbines as showing them as “ridiculously close” to the gas site.

She added that up to 70 locals have signed a petition asking that the turbines be moved further away from the gas plant.

Villagers also suggested that for safety they be put offshore into the North Sea. Mr Donnachie, project manager for Green Cat Renewables said the proposal for the new energy park were still “being considered” at the St Fergus Gas Terminal.

He confirmed a public information event was held in St Fergus on the July 1 2019 to present the proposals to local residents and open discussion with the project team, adding that the “safety of the gas terminal and nearby residents is absolutely paramount to the design of the proposed energy park”.

He said: “Initial work has indicated that the turbines will not pose a safety risk but further detailed risk assessments will be undertaken in conjunction with the gas terminal.

“The project will only proceed if it can be demonstrated that there are no Health and Safety risks.”

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