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Scotland's First Offshore Wind Testing Centre Takes Major Step Forward

SSE's plans for Scotland's first ever Offshore Wind Testing Facility are one step closer following completion of crucial contracts by Harper Macleod LLP.

Harper Macleod has been working on agreements that provide SSE with the rights to use of the site along with partners such as Scottish Enterprise.

Located at Clydeport's Hunterston site in North Ayrshire, the facility was consented in February 2012, and is an extension to SSE's Glasgow-based Centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy and will enable them to work in partnership with leading turbine suppliers.

Over the next five years Hunterston will be utilised to develop and test up to three prototypes for the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

Pamela Todd, Partner at Harper Macleod, said:

"We are delighted to have been involved in this amazing project and to assist it taking another step forward.

"Offshore wind is set to play a major role in all our energy futures and it great to see SSE working extremely hard to keep Scotland at the forefront of the renewables industry."