It was reported in a Scottish Sunday newspaper that Scottish Energy Minister, Jim Mather, looks set to announce the approval for the 53-turbine Eishken Windfarm within the next two weeks.
I have commented extensively on this windfarm in the past, and made my opposition to it clear. Justification in terms of economic benefit has been rendered empty by the continued vacillation of the Arnish Fabrication Yard, where the turbines were going to be made. They will not. Current negotiations with Fife firm Bi-Fab will, if successful, result in the yard reverting to fabrication for the oil industry. The talks have been on-going for 6 months without result.
I find the hypocrisy of the Energy Minister breathtaking. He has allowed the closure of the Lighthouse Caledonia fish processing plant at Marybank with the loss of more than 100 jobs. Its assets have been shipped to a fish processing plant in Mr Mather's constituency in Argyll. He has promoted the continuation of a windfarm producer at Machrihanish, again in his constituency, who in all likelihood will produce the turbines for Eishken. Of course, this all subject to the usual tendering process (sic) and approval for the Beauly to Denny powerline, which is essential for exporting the power to the Scottish Central Belt. Because, are we in Lewis going to get any cheap electricity out of this? Get real.