A coalition of companies that wants to supply parts and services for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm has called on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to drop its legal challenge to the project.

The RSPB has claimed the planning process for the 450MW wind farm off the east coast of Scotland was flawed and wants to appeal to the Supreme Court in London despite being denied permission to do so by the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Now, 29 companies have called on the bird charity to abandon its plans.

They say 600 jobs will be created by the £2 billion project.

‘Serious economic consequences’

Alan Duncan, a spokesman for the NnG Offshore Wind Farm Coalition, said: “We have come together to call on RSPB Scotland to recognise the serious social, economic and environmental consequences of ignoring the advice of the Inner House of Scotland’s Court of Session and continuing to appeal this decision.

“Hundreds of families in communities across the east of Scotland will be directly affected should this project not go ahead.

“Highly-skilled jobs, vital apprenticeships and the socio-economic benefits of this project are all at risk for the hard-pressed communities within the region.”

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