Powersystems have been awarded the electrical balance of plant works contract for South Kyle Wind Farm. Appointed by Civil Engineer’s RJ McLeod who in turn secured a £67m contract to construct Scotland’s newest onshore wind farm, on behalf of mutual client Vattenfall. South Kyle will be Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind farm in the UK.
South Kyle is a consented onshore wind farm consisting of 50 Nordex Wind Turbines and associated infrastructure. South Kyle will be built on land largely utilised for commercial forestry, the project is located 5 km to the east of Dalmellington, lying within both East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
The project works at South Kyle Wind Farm will see the high voltage electrical engineers Powersystems; design, procure, install, commission and deliver the High Voltage System for the 132/33 kV substation, as well as the 4.5km 132 kV cable connection and the 33 kV cables to connect the substation to the wind turbines.
Civil Engineers RJ McLeod will deliver the construction of 50 reinforced concrete wind turbine foundations and associated crane hard standings, construction and upgrade of approximately 48 km of access tracks and roads.
Vattenfall has entered a partnership with Greencoat UK Wind, who will acquire the wind farm following its completion. Vattenfall’s agreement with Greencoat UK Wind aims to boost the socio-economic benefits for the region. This will enable delivery of a £38 million community benefit investment over the lifetime of the wind farm. This will be shaped by the needs of the communities of Dalmellington, Patna, New Cumnock and Carsphairn.
South Kyle Wind Farm will bring great opportunities with significant community benefit investment in the local area. Besides providing regular updates on the progress of the project, Vattenfall is also committed to engaging and working with local communities, particularly in relation to shaping the community benefit investment but also in supporting skills development, local supply chain and the environment.
Onshore wind in Scotland has the potential to make a significant contribution to reaching net zero and is the cheapest form of renewable energy generation that brings us closer to that goal.
South Kyle Wind Farm Facts
- South Kyle will be Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind farm in the UK
- Number of Nordex turbines is 50 N133/4.8MW machines on tubular steel towers
- Total maximum capacity is 240 MW
- Total height from tip of rotor blade is 149.5 meters
- Once constructed, the wind farm will be able to power approximately 170,000 UK homes, saving close to 300,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of taking around 65,000 cars off the road
- Commercial operation of the wind farm is planned to start Q1 2023
- At the peak of construction, the scheme will require around 150 workers on site, and once operational the 240MW wind farm will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambitions
As part of building the UK carbon free future, Powersystems proudly support the design, installation, and commissioning of climate restoration technologies with connectivity in all renewable sectors.
Powersystems are powering the UK to a green recovery, with 5 GW of installed green energy as they play their part helping to decarbonise the National Grid.
Working with partners, delivering sustainable power solutions, proudly the Powersystems high voltage specialist team have connected 27% of all U.K. onshore wind farms.