PLANS to install two floating wind turbines off the north coast of Scotland have been granted planning permission.

Scottish ministers approved proposals from Swedish developer Hexicon AB for the Dounreay Tri floating wind demonstration project. The proposed site is around 6km off Dounreay on the Caithness coastline.

The Scottish Government said the demonstration project would create around 100 jobs and produce enough electricity to power almost 8,000 homes.

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Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector.”