Approval to construct an electrical substation to the south of Keith for the Moray West Wind Farm was granted yesterday.
Both Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council agreed to approve outline planning applications covering the onshore electricity transmission infrastructure for the development.
One of the main concerns raised in Moray about the construction of the substation was the effect the underground cables could have on the private water supplies in the area.
Forres councillor George Alexander asked what provisions the organisation was making to avoid damaging supplies.
Project Developer for Moray West, James Grant stressed that they would do all they could to avoid that situation.
He said: “We would commit to bringing in additional water supplies and that is part of the wider mitigation.
“However, the depth of the majority of the cable route is not significant enough to have an impact, as the depth is no more than six foot.
“So the chances of making significant impact on springs are limited.”
The Moray West Windfarm project will site 85 turbines offshore about 14 miles off the Caithness coast.
Highland Council will recommend an objection is raised to the project over concerns that it could “dominate the horizon.”
A decision on whether to the project will go ahead will be made by the Scottish Government in Spring 2019.