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Talisman Energy (U.K.) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgary, Alberta-based Talisman Energy Inc., has announced that the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has given its approval for the development of a deepwater wind farm demonstrator project adjacent to the company's Beatrice oilfield, 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland.

The project, a joint venture between Talisman and Scottish and Southern Energy, will use two of the largest turbines installed anywhere in the world to test the technical and economic feasibility of deepwater wind farms in water depths of about 45 meters. Electricity generated by the demonstrator project will be used to power the Beatrice platform.

"We are delighted that the demonstrator project has received development consent," says Jim Buckee, president and CEO. "We are now in the final stages of fabrication and assembly and plan to install the turbines within the next few months. During the next few years the results of this project will influence the development of wind turbine technology around the world."

The 5-MW turbines, which are approximately 85 meters high, will be sited in the Moray Firth in water depths of about 45 meters. This is a highly significant change from existing offshore developments, which are located in territorial waters close to shore in water depths of less than 10 meters.

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