The Donald Trump organisation has made it known that it plans to continue to resist the construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, in the wake of an investment announcement in the facility by Vattenfall.

The Swedish state-owned utility said it will invest £300m in the centre off the coast of Aberdeen.

A spokesperson for the Trump Organisation said: “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.”

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) will test and demonstrate cutting-edge offshore wind technology. Onshore construction on the 11-turbine 92.4MW offshore wind demonstrator will begin later this year, with offshore development starting in 2017.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2018 with an operational lifespan of 20 years.

Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said the project, along with developments at Levenmouth, Hunterston and Statoil’s Hywind project, helps cement Scotland as a hub for innovation in the sector.

She said: “The commitment of both Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group to the EOWDC is to be commended, and plans for the site will help develop the renewable energy supply chain in the North East and across Scotland.

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