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Wind energy from Scotland

Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Turbine parts delivery to site week commencing: 09 March 2021

Delivery of the components from the Port of Inverness to site will commence on Tuesday 09 March 2021. Initially deliveries of  blades, hubs and nacelles will take place and will continue for three weeks with 3 convoys per day with three components in each, Monday to Friday.

Throughout April and May 2021, the tower sections will be delivered to site, typically this will be two convoys per week with three tower sections in each.

The above programme is subject to the availability of Police Scotland and weather conditions.

To ensure their safe movement and the safety of other road users, all deliveries will be accompanied by a police escort throughout their journey, from the port to the site.

First turbine components delivered to site 09 March 2021

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Project Status

Construction on Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm started in October 2019. Initial works are now completed and we will commence construction of the turbines on site in March 2021. Regular construction updates are provided in the Construction Manager’s Blog below.

We will provide regular construction updates on this page.

Location

The site is approximately 16 miles south of Inverness

Number of turbines

Up to 20

Tip height

Up to 110 metres

Installed capacity

50 MW

Contact

glenkyllachy@rwe.com



Construction Manager’s Blog

I am Tim James, RWE’s Construction Manager for Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm. Welcome to my Blog.

During the construction of Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, we will publish a regular update on this website to keep you up-to-date with what has been happening on site, upcoming activities and to share some progress photographs.

April 2021

We have had an exciting couple of months since the last blog. We have delivered 124 components to site with 56 still stored at the Port of Inverness. It was a challenging period as it was often too windy to unload the components at the turbine locations.

The two turbine erection cranes arrived at the end of March and in early April we began erecting the first wind turbine. Again, the wind made its presence felt, causing us to have to wait many days for a suitable window to lift the components into place.

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Base tower section being lowered into place
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Installing a blade
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Turbine mechanically complete

We will continue to deliver components to site in line with progress on site, typically this will be two convoys per week with three sections in each convoy.  However, the delivery programme is subject to the weather, progress on site and the availability of Police Scotland.

The convoys will turn left out of the port and follow Stadium Road to Longman Roundabout where they will use the southbound A9 to our site entrance.

To ensure their safe movement and the safety of other road users, all deliveries will be accompanied by a police escort throughout their journey, from the port to the site entrance. Last week we success fully-energised the grid connection to the wind farm.  We plan to energise the first wind turbines within the next month or so.

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The completed substation

March 2021

Our final vessel arrived in the Port of Inverness bringing the last of the turbine tower sections from Castellon, Spain.

These were unloaded and have been stored on the quayside prior to delivery to site.

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MV Triton arrives at Longman Quay
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Unloading the MV Triton

From Tuesday 9th March 2021 we will commence the delivery of components to site. Initially, during March we will focus on the turbine blades, nacelles and hubs. We anticipate that we will have three convoys a day, Monday to Friday, each with three components.

In April and May we will focus on bringing the tower sections to site, typically this will be two convoys per week with three sections in each convoy. However, the delivery programme is subject to the weather, progress on site and the availability of Police Scotland.

The convoys will turn left out of the port and follow Stadium Road to Longman Roundabout where they will use the southbound A9 to our site entrance.

To ensure their safe movement and the safety of other road users, all deliveries will be accompanied by a police escort throughout their journey, from the port to the site entrance.

On site we have been finishing off the electrical installation works in preparation for the commencement of commissioning the substation. We are aiming to energise the grid connection for the site during April.


Construction Manager’s Blog

Tim James, RWE’s Construction Manager for Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, welcomes you to his Blog.

More stories by Tim

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 and the appointment of an Ecological Clerk of Works. Dan Arnold will maintain an overview of the construction works and be a source of ecological advice on site for the team.

During the last couple of weeks, Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) has submitted an application for consent to construct an overhead line between our substation and the new Tomatin substation to The Highland Council. The overhead line will be wood-pole construction and sited entirely within the Farr estate.

If you have any queries about activities onsite please email glenkyllachy@rwe.com.