Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has met with an oil firm to discuss the possibility of developing a cheap energy floating wind farm off the city.
Scottish Development International and Marine Scotland have been working closely with Norwegian-based firm Statoil to study the feasibility of offshore wind units that could pave the way for full-scale floating wind farms in deep water.
Statoil has identified two potential sites for the development - one off the coast of Lewis and one off Aberdeenshire that could be suitable for a testing site.
The company has already constructed a full-scale prototype Hywind unit anchored ten kilometres offshore at Karmoy in Norway, which has delivered power to the grid since September 2009.
"The Hywind II wind farm project would see a Scotland-Norway collaboration push the boundaries of deepwater offshore wind beyond the 100m mark and open up vast areas of the world's oceans to the development of wind energy," Mr Salmon said.
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