Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems has announced it has been awarded the electrical balance of plant contract by Scottish company RJ Mcleod who are a highly experienced civils contractor based in Dingwall – who have been appointed to construct the 50MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm on behalf of their mutual client Innogy Renewables.

Experience in the design and installation of 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.

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 started in October 2019. 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.  In the Spring, RJ Mcleods will look to begin construction of the wind turbine foundations.

Scottish and Southern 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.

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 March 2021.

This marks Powersystems  thirty second project with RJ McLeod.

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This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK.

Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom.As one of the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Providers we are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132kV.

We have supported and delivered projects for diverse clientele; this includes:

  • Dyson Hullavington
  • Millbrook Proving Ground, electric vehicle testing facility
  • EV infrastructure, for bus transportation projects UK wide
  • Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, London
  • Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Formula One Race Teams (Mercedes Petronas, Williams F1 and Red Bull Technologies)
  • Public Sector – Ministry of Defence, Universities, NHS Trusts UK wide, Schools, Water Utilities.
  • Bristol, Newport and Southampton Port Authorities

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Windy Rig construction keeps it local

Windy Rig construction keeps it local

Statkraft has announced it has awarded Scottish company RJ McLeod the contract to undertake the civil engineering works for the 43MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland.

Construction is expected to take around 16 months, with the project due to reach operational stage in 2021.

Ionic Consulting are supporting Statkraft as Owner’s Engineer during construction, with RJ McLeod completing the Civil Works and Powersystems UK providing the Electrical Works.

Windy Rig wind farm is a subsidy free project located in Dumfries & Galloway and was originally developed by Element Power (acquired by Statkraft in September 2018).

Statkraft UK Managing Director, David Flood said: “Windy Rig is our first subsidy-free wind project in the UK and is an exciting milestone for our company. This kicks off the start of a busy year across all sectors of our business.”

Barry Maher, Statkraft Project Manager for the work said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint such experienced Civil and Electrical contractors in RJMcLeod and Powersystems UK and are confident they will execute the works in and safe and timely manner with minimum impact on local residents. We will continue our engagement with local communities throughout the project and will promote the use of locally sourced resources and workforce.”

Jamie Corser, Business Development Manager at RJ McLeod said “This marks our fourth project working with Statkraft in Scotland and this contract takes us over 2750MW of onshore wind farms built or in construction. We look forward to working with Statkraft to deliver another successful project.”
Statkraft has agreed to transfer ownership of the project to Greencoat UK Wind post-construction, with Statkraft managing the construction and providing operational management services for the wind farm once the project is online.

Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft have stated plans to bring forward 600MW of renewable energy projects in the UK by 2025 with at least a further 600MW in development. The company acquired UK onshore wind development company Airvolution Clean Energy in August 2019 to boost its development pipeline.

This marks Powersystems UK’s fourth project with the Statkraft team, and are familiar partners for RJ McLeod, having worked together on over 30 projects.
Ionic Consulting recently completed their 7th project for Statkraft, this contract being their first Statkraft project in Scotland. Ionic opened their Edinburgh office in November 2018.

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Investment decision to construct and sell first UK Windy Rig wind project

Investment decision to construct and sell first UK Windy Rig wind project

Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft has announced its decision to construct the 43MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland, and subsequently transfer ownership of the project post-construction to Greencoat UK Wind PLC.

In addition, Statkraft has further agreed to transfer ownership of the 38MW Twentyshilling wind farm post-construction to Greencoat UK Wind, subject to a final investment decision on the project in early 2020.

Windy Rig and Twentyshilling wind farms are subsidy free projects located in Dumfries & Galloway and were originally developed by Element Power (acquired by Statkraft in September 2018).

Statkraft has agreed to transfer ownership of the projects to Greencoat UK Wind post-construction, with Statkraft managing the construction and providing operational management services for the wind farms once the projects are exporting to the grid. Both projects are due to reach operations in 2021.

Statkraft UK Managing Director, David Flood said: “Windy Rig is our first subsidy-free wind project in the UK, and this investment decision is in line with our ambitions to develop our pipeline and deploy 600 MW of renewable projects in the UK by 2025”.

Sean Maguire, Vice President Commercial at Statkraft, commented: “We are delighted these projects have reached the next phase, and will continue to work closely with Greencoat UK Wind as the projects progress into construction and operations.”

Alison Hood, Communications Manager at Statkraft said: “This transaction allows our team to ensure continuity and a local presence as the projects are built and go into operation, and we look forward to discussing the next stage of these projects with the community.”

The transaction marks a significant milestone for the Norwegian utility, who have stated plans to bring forward 600MW of renewable energy projects in the UK by 2025 with at least a further 600MW in development.  The company acquired UK onshore wind development company Airvolution Clean Energy in August 2019 to boost its development pipeline.

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Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

Whitelee Windfarm has been breath of fresh air in efforts to go green

An East Renfrewshire wind farm has been hailed as a “national success story,” a decade on from its official opening.

Whitelee windfarm is the largest onshore wind project in the UK, was created to significantly boost the number of homes powered by renewable energy. It began generating electricity in January 2008 and was officially connected to the National Grid a year later.

Whitelee Windfarm economic, environmental and social benefits

On Friday, a report was published into the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Whitelee Windfarm. It notes that it has generated enough clean, green energy to provide almost 90 per cent of total annual household electricity consumed by Scottish households and businesses.

  • The report also highlights that the wind farm is expected to provide a boost to the UK economy of more than £1billion, including almost £800million in Scotland.
  • The wind farm, in a rural location near Eaglesham, was found to have supported more than 4,000 jobs during its peak years of construction while sustaining around 600 jobs each year through its operation and maintenance.
  • Enough carbon dioxide is saved by the wind farm, the report notes, that it is the equivalent of offsetting two days’ worth of domestic flights to and from Gatwick Airport.

Lindsay McQuade, of ScottishPower Renewables, which owns and operates Whitelee Windfarm said efforts to achieve Scotland’s environmental targets can be achieved through working with industry and are underpinned through legislation.

“We know that onshore wind is the cheapest form of green energy and therefore should be part of Scotland, and the UK’s, low carbon, cost-effective electricity system,” said Ms McQuade.

“Since the passing of the Climate Change Act in 2008, a number of progressive policy measures have been put in place that has enabled Scotland to become coal-free.

“Working with industry and government, the same approach is now needed to ensure we continue to invest in much-needed renewable generation and thereby achieve this objective and support action to tackle the climate emergency facing us.

“Whitelee WindFarm is a great example of what effective policy can deliver. It’s a national success story.

“Every year, it produces the equivalent clean energy to power each and every electric vehicle currently in the UK, preventing over five million tonnes of carbon emissions had this energy come from fossil fuels.

“The decarbonisation of our economy, transport and heating systems can all be achieved through existing technology but that has to include onshore wind if we are to decarbonise by 2050.”

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Multi-million Moray Firth wind farm wins approval

Multi-million Moray Firth wind farm wins approval

Multi-million Moray West wind farm wins approval

Resident Johnny Ewart examines Moray West Offshore wind farm plans at a community consultation meeting.

The giant Moray West wind farm project has been given the go-ahead by authorities, with the project boss calling it “major hurdle” to overcome. The 100-turbine Moray West Offshore Wind Farm was given marine consent by the Scottish Government yesterday afternoon. The Moray West project is the sister site for the huge Moray East Offshore Wind farm that began construction last month.

The project completing all the permissions necessary for the development to compete in the upcoming UK government Contracts for difference (CfD) auction this summer.

The wind project will look to create up to 150 jobs and add £90 million to the local economy, developers have said.

It aims to provide power for more than 900,000 homes.

Developer EDP Renewables stressed the company’s commitment to supporting local firms in the Aberdeenshire and Moray region during the announcement of the project last year.

Subject to winning a CfD, the 800 megawatt (MW) development will commence construction in 2022.

Dan Finch, director of Moray West said: “We’re getting amazing support right now from people who would’ve originally been the oil and gas industry but are now working with us and investing.

“We’ve got to be competitive to win, and projects built today are at the lowest price we’ve ever seen. “A future project like this one could be even lower, in terms of cost.”

A proposed objection to the giant wind project was thrown out in November last year due to the claims being considered “subjective”.
Councillor Maxine Smith of the Cromarty Firth Ward said concerns published in the North Planning Applications Committee report claiming the development would “dominate the horizon” were not deemed to be “of any significance”.
Mr Finch added: “This has all been a bit last minute but this is great news.

“We will complete the application for the CfD next week and will take part in the bid. “Our staff have been simply amazing. “We hope to hear of a positive result around the end of summer, beginning of autumn.”

Last week, Highland energy firm Global Energy Group’s (Geg) Port of Nigg was announced as the location of a new ‘staging port’ for 103 completed jacket structures before their transportation out to the Moray East site.

The new contract, agreed with contractor Deme Offshore, could also see the creation of around 90 jobs as the site takes receipt of the 100 turbine jackets and three substations.

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Inch Cape offshore wind project granted consent for fewer turbines

Inch Cape offshore wind project granted consent for fewer turbines

The giant Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm project has announced it has received consent from the Scottish Government to reduce the number of turbines at the site

  • The new design will see the number of turbines cut from the originally consented 110 turbines to 72.
  • Fewer turbines at the site will be a result of the project using taller, higher capacity structures.
  • It is expected to bring at least £558m and 858 jobs over the course of the project.
  • Developers Red Rock Power tabling a fresh proposal in August.
  • The existing consent, granted in 2013, is still valid for the proposed development, planned 9 miles off the Angus coastline.
  • Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) will compete in the upcoming UK Government consent auction later this month.

Ben King, offshore consents manager at ICOL, said: “The opportunity to propose an alternative design, which will see significant economic benefits and reduced risk of environmental impacts, is testament to how new technologies are continuing to transform the industry and bring improved benefits to the consumer.

“Securing approval is a key step forward ahead of our CfD bid and while our previous consent remains valid, the progression of our plans and work over the last few months very much focused around this new design.”

The Inch Cape offshore wind development is 100% owned by Red Rock Power through Chinese investment by SDIC Power Holdings, who also bankrolled 25% of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm development currently in construction.

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