BUCKIE Harbour could potentially benefit from the construction of a wind farm in the Cabrach.
Representatives from Infinergy, the company behind the Dorenell project, have suggested turbines that are expected to be sited on the Glenfiddich Estate could be landed at the Moray port.
The firm was granted permission to erect 59 turbines each with a three megawatt capacity at Cabrach by the Scottish Government in December 2011.
This week Infinergy held an exhibition in Mortlach Memorial Hall in Dufftown as part of their public consultation into the redesign of the development.
Images showed an additional nine turbines measuring 150 metres from base to tip from various view points around the area designated for the development.
Fiona Milligan, one of the project managers with the company, said the height and number of additional turbines was the absolute maximum there would be at Dorenell.
"Since we entered their process in 2008 the turbines have become more efficient," she said.
"We’re looking at turbines with the potential to produce somewhere between three and four megawatts.
"If we get four megawatt ones, there will be a maximum of 55."
Ms Milligan added the wind quality at Cabrach was excellent because there was little turbulence, and the company wanted to make the most of the resource.
At the moment, a route has been cleared for the turbine parts to be transported by road from Aberdeen Harbour along the A96 to Huntly then onwards to the Cabrach.
However Ms Milligan added that there was still time to consider other options.
She said: "At the moment that’s certainly something that could be investigated if Buckie has the capacity."
The company is also looking into having the turbines manufactured in Scotland following developments at Ardersier and Nigg.
Nick Sage, project manager with Infinergy said the company was talking with turbine suppliers, who had seen an upturn in demand.
He added: "We start construction on this in mid 2015 if we get consent.
"So there is quite a bit of time for the industry in Scotland to come up with developments."
Gill and Jim Sutherland from Tomnavoulin were among those who attended the Dufftown exhibition on Wednesday.
Mrs Sutherland said: "We wouldn’t need so much energy generated if we weren’t so wasteful."
Once the feedback from the consultation is collated, a new application will be submitted to the Scottish Government early next year.
If approved work on the site will begin in the summer of 2015 with the wind farm being connected to the National Grid in January 2018.
Moray Council, the Cairngorms National Park Authority, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, Speyside Business Association and more than 640 individuals objected to the initial plan.
More than 610 letters were received in support of the development.
A public inquiry was held in Dufftown during October and November, 2010.
In December 2011 Scottish ministers gave the go-ahead for the project.
Around 75 jobs are expected to be created during the construction period.
Community benefits – which could amount to £354,000 per annum over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm – include new housing and a visitor centre.
The exhibition will be open in Mortlach Memorial Hall today (Friday) from 2-7pm.