Powersystems announce electrical works contract for the 62.4 MW Kennoxhead Wind Farm

Powersystems announce electrical works contract for the 62.4 MW Kennoxhead Wind Farm

Powersystems has announced it has been awarded the Electrical Balance of Plant contract by Welsh company Jones Bros; who are a highly experienced civil engineering company based in Ruthin, Denbigshire – they have been appointed to construct the 13 No Nordex Turbines collectively rated at 62.4 MW Kennoxhead Wind Farm on behalf of their mutual client Brookfield Renewable UK Limited.

The new subsidy-free onshore wind farm development at Kennoxhead in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, is located on land south of the A70, near the village of Glespin on the Douglas Estate which is steeped in history; growing from a rural estate village in the 19th century to a thriving mining community in the 20th century. Following the closure of its Glentaggart coal mine in 2011, the Estate has embraced the move away from fossil fuels and is actively working with Brookfield Renewable on the consented Kennoxhead Wind Farm cluster.

The Kennoxhead Wind Farm development is central to Brookfield’s development pipeline, has planning consents in place, as well as contracted grid connections.

Experience in the design and installation of high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carryout wind farm electrical works and balance of plant contracts.

Powersystems have connected 24% of all U.K. land base wind farm generation.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites.

The Kennoxhead Wind Farm project is progressing and construction has now started on site. At this early stage some works will be more visible than others. The site is currently being prepared to ensure that it can accommodate the construction works that will take place over the coming months.

Initial works focus on site establishment, installing the main access tracks and opening up the borrow pits.  In addition, the first of the crane hardstands at a wind turbine location has now been constructed.

The focus for the next few months will be to continue the access track construction, prepare the substation platform and undertake the construction of many of the crane hardstands.

Powersystems will be mobilising in the first week of March, to commence the installation of almost 80,000 metres of HV cable to link the main substation to the windfarm which is located 13km away.

In the Spring, Jones Bros will look to begin construction of the wind turbine foundations.

SP Energy Networks are continuing with their design and procurement process associated with the grid connection for the site and it is anticipated that they will commence works on site in the Summer.

An anticipated timeline of activity is as follows:-

  • October – December 2020 – Site preparation – including tree felling
  • October 2020 – March 2021 – Internal access track construction
  • January – April 2021 – Public road upgrades on minor Glentaggart Road
  • December 2020 – July 2021 – Turbine and infrastructure foundations
  • August – September 2021 – Turbine delivery
  • September – December 2021 – Wind turbine erection
  • First half of 2022 – Commissioning and completion of Kennoxhead Wind Farm Phase 1

Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

In addition to the on-site electrical balance of plant works Powersystems can provide grid connections to wind farm sites, and have done so in some extremely remote and challenging locations – such as the construction on Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, situated South of Inverness commencing in October 2019.

Other activities taking place offsite include the confirmation of the contract for the supply and installation of the wind turbines with Nordex.  It is intended that these will be transported to site in between August and December 2021.

Wind Power

Wind is one of the world’s fastest growing renewable energy sources and has become a major component in the energy mix. Wind power is clean, cost effective and does the same job as fossil fuels but generates less waste.

Scotland is one of Europe’s strongest wind resources creating significant potential for the deployment of wind power.

This trend is expected to continue as:

  • The costs of wind energy continue to fall
  • Threats to energy security persist across the globe
  • The need to tackle climate change becomes increasingly urgent

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids wins Dogger transmission deal

Hitachi ABB Power Grids wins Dogger transmission deal

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has won the order to connect the third transmission link from from Dogger Bank Wind Farm over 130 km to the UK mainland.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea will have a combined installed generation capacity of 3.6 GW, enough to power six million UK homes.

This new award extends the ongoing delivery of Dogger Bank A and B to include C1

This contract is subject to financial close of the third phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is currently forecast for late 2021.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a JV between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

By providing its compact high-voltage direct-current technology, HVDC Light, Hitachi ABB Power Grids continues to shape the offshore power landscape, enabling the efficient transmission and dynamic integration of distant offshore wind power to the onshore grid.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm will significantly contribute towards the UK government’s goals of sourcing up to 40 GW of offshore wind capacity and cutting emissions by 68% by 2030.

HVDC Light technology is a key enabler for remote wind farms off the coast of the UK.

According to an independent life cycle assessment, the implementation of this pioneering technology will reduce the lifetime CO2 impact by almost two-thirds, compared to previously commissioned installations.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ managing director of its grid integration business Niklas Persson said: “Together, with customers and partners, we are playing a key role in accelerating the energy transition.

“HVDC technology contributes significantly towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation.

“Being selected once again underlines our customers’ trust in our world-leading expertise and delivery capabilities.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm project manager Steve Wilson added: “Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone for our world-leading development.

“Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiency during the design, procurement and construction work, while the use of market-leading HVDC technology will ensure efficient and reliable transmission of renewable energy for six million UK households once all of the wind farm phases become operational.”

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Powersystems on track for energisation at the 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm

Powersystems on track for energisation at the 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm

In January 2020 Powersystems were delighted to announce, that they had been awarded the  electrical balance of plant works contract for the 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm by the Scottish company RJ McLeod, who are one of Scotland’s largest privately owned civil engineering and building contractors. They had been appointed to construct the 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm on behalf of their mutual client Innogy Renewables.

It’s been a challenging 16 months for the team at the 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.  The site was suspended on the 24 March 2020 in line with Scottish guidance as lockdown began due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for all, except “essential”, construction sites to close.

Clearly, this had an early impact upon the project, however, even at that stage, the Powersystems high voltage engineering team did not anticipate a delay to turbine erection or energisation of the grid connection.

Thanks to favourable winter conditions last year, the team made good progress on site, constructing up to 70% of the access tracks and preparing the platform necessary for the construction of the substation platform.

The site was re-opened in July 2020, the project team reassembled to start the installation, jointing and termination of HV and fibre optic cables as well as earthing installation work.

Concurrently the  construction of the 132 kV substation progressed which involved the installation of structures, disconnectors, circuit breakers and VT’s.

The 33 kV switchgear, LVAC panel, 33 kV cables and control cables were delivered and installed in readiness for the delivery of protection panels in November 2020 to allow cold commissioning and final termination works.

 

The 48.5 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm project is on track to be delivered and energised in the second half of 2021 which on completion Innogy Renewables has agreed a sale to Greencoat UK Wind.

This year Powersystems Site Manager, Stuart Gibson-Smith updates us on site conditions and the project so far.  He said, ‘Unfortunately, due to the severe weather in Scotland at the beginning of the year the progress on site has been slower, but with thanks to the great effort from RJ McLeod’s team clearing the snow and ice away the project team have been able to access site, even in temperatures of -13  degrees the team have terminated the 132 kV switchboard and installed the 132 kV circuit breaker.’

The Powersystems commissioning team are expected on site next week to make a start and getting ready for energisation at the end of March.

Going above an beyond the Powersystems High Voltage Engineering team work through temperatures of -13 degrees to keep our projects delivered on time!

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Powersystems works almost complete at the Douglas West 55 MW Wind Farm

Powersystems works almost complete at the Douglas West 55 MW Wind Farm

Powersystems your 132 kV high voltage (HV) specialist – update from Douglas West 55 MW Wind Farm, located near Poniel in Lanarkshire.

Works are almost complete in the 132 kV compound. The 132/33 kV Grid Transformer, 132 kV Disconnector, 132 kV Circuit Breaker & VTs, 33 kV Auxiliary Transformer, 33 kV Switchgear, associated Busbars and Protection Panels have been installed. Site commissioning activities are progressing well.

Turbine 33 kV terminations are programmed to commence in May 2021 and energised in June 2021.

The overall site will form part of a 200 MW “clean-energy cluster” for Scottish Power in the region, enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

This part of the cluster project will comprise of thirteen Vestas V136 – 3.6 MW turbines.

Powersystems announced in January 2020 that it had been awarded the electrical works contract by Scottish company RJ Mcleod who are a highly experienced civils contractor based in Dingwall – they had been appointed to construct the 55 MW Douglas West wind farm on behalf of their mutual client Blue Energy and Green Coat who acquired the project in December 2019.

Experience in the design and installation of 132 kV high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carryout wind farm electrical balance of plant contracts.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites. Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

Powersystems have connected 24% of all U.K. land base wind farm generation.

This marks Powersystems  thirty third project with RJ McLeod.

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UK launches offshore wind partnership to protect and restore marine environment

UK launches offshore wind partnership to protect and restore marine environment

The Crown Estate and UK government have today launched a new offshore wind partnership to protect and restore the country’s marine environment as it seeks to chart a course towards net-zero emissions by unlocking the green energy potential of the UK seabed.

The partnership, called the ‘Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme’, will gather and harness data and evidence to drive forward the growth of the sector in the UK.

The partnership will be led by The Crown Estate, which has committed to a five-year £25m kick-starter investment for the programme, alongside strategic partners the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Together with the devolved governments, the collaboration will bring together more than 20 stakeholder organisations and support the government’s wider efforts to develop a vision for the future of the offshore wind sector.

The Programme’s strategic research and data projects will provide insights to help the sector better understand and address environmental considerations and interactions with other industries and activities, both around the coast and offshore.

This will enable a more coordinated and strategic approach to the delivery of the new infrastructure required to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050, to ensure the sector can deliver at pace while protecting the broader natural environment.

Initial projects through the partnership, include an East Coast Grid Spatial study, to be delivered with National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), National Grid Electricity Transmission and The Marine Management Organisation.

This will help build understanding of the interactions that future offshore wind farms on the east coast of England are likely to face when connecting into the electricity network and whether alternative approaches to connection can reduce community and environmental impacts.

There is also to be a Future Offshore Wind Scenarios project, which will be a UK-wide study delivered with Crown Estate Scotland and BEIS.

The project will develop and examine spatial scenarios, to better understand the opportunities for future offshore wind deployment.

Offshore Wind Industry Council co-chair and Vattenfall UK country manager Danielle Lane, said: “This programme will help to ensure that we continue to install vitally-needed new offshore wind capacity in an environmentally sensitive way.

“Safeguarding our precious marine ecosystem is a key factor in the way we work as responsible developers.

“Minimising any impact of the infrastructure needed to connect our projects to the electricity network is as important to us as it is to local communities which are being regenerated by offshore wind.

“This ambitious programme brings together industry, government and wildlife organisations to create a new forum which will help us to reach the Prime Minister’s target of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 while protecting wildlife and working closer with the communities hosting us”.

The Crown Estate chief executive Dan Labbad said: “Recognising the crucial role of the nation’s seabed on our path to net zero, I’m delighted to launch this new partnership which will help lay sustainable foundations for the next phase of the offshore wind success story, in a way which will help us to maintain healthy, biodiverse seas.

“The partnership will be at the centre of how we ensure a more coordinated approach to delivering the infrastructure that will be required to tackle climate change.”

UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The UK is already a world leader in offshore wind energy and the Government’s Ten Point Plan has laid out a bold ambition to lead the green industrial revolution by embracing innovative new technologies.

“Creating jobs and increasing capacity to 40 GW by the end of this decade will be key to helping us reach our commitment for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but safeguarding our precious marine environment remains a priority, which is why this partnership is so important.”

UK Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “It is important that we all work together to bring about change and reduce our contribution to climate change.

“Renewable energy plays a key role in this and as we work to increase renewable sources of energy we must ensure that our precious marine environment is protected at the same time.

“I am delighted that Defra is a part of this programme, providing expert advice relating to the growing calls on our marine space so that we can deliver offshore developments while protecting our unique marine resources.”

The programme also brings together a steering group which includes Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland government bodies, regulators including the Marine Management Organisation, non-governmental organisations such as RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts, and RenewableUK on behalf of the industry.

The partnership is borne out of last year’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal, which aims to build on the UK’s global leadership in offshore wind and maximise economic benefits across the whole of the UK.

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GE unveils 6 MW turbine onshore giant

GE unveils 6 MW turbine onshore giant

GE Renewable Energy has launched a 6 MW turbine, the US manufacturer’s most powerful onshore machine.

The unit, which features a 164-metre rotor, is part of the Cypress platform and will increase annual energy production by up to 11% compared with the 5.3-158 model.

The new machine will feature a two-piece blade, and GE says it is designed with servicing in mind by facilitating up-tower repairs and featuring condition-based predictive services that will improve return-to-service and uptime, while lowering lifecycle costs.

The 6 MW turbine will be ready for deployment by 2022, the company said.

GE Onshore Wind Europe boss Peter Wells said: “The Cypress platform is already providing our customers the ability to lower the cost of onshore wind and gain added flexibility in siting turbines.

“This latest product in the platform will help them drive additional growth of clean, renewable wind power across Europe and beyond.”

Since its introduction, GE Renewable Energy has received more than 3.4

GW of orders for its Cypress turbines in multiple European countries including Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Lithuania, as well as Brazil, Australia, and Turkey.

The latest unit in the Cypress platform will fully leverage resources across GE and was developed in partnership between GE’s Onshore Wind business, GE’s Global Research Center and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business.

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