SSE installs final Vestas turbines at 228MW Scottish onshore wind farm
SSE has installed the last of its turbines at the Stronelairg onshore wind farm in Scotland as the project nears completion.
The 228MW facility, situated in the Great Glen, is made up of Vestas turbines – 53 V117 and 12 V112 machines with a capacity of 3.45MW. It has been delivering power since March of this year, with planning having begun in 2012.
David Sutton, Head of Projects at SSE, said: “It’s fantastic to see Stronelairg reach this important milestone. Since construction began back in 2016, the project team has battled some unique challenges, including severe weather and the beast from the east, difficult road conditions and geography as they worked to reach this milestone.
“Their ability to safely and responsibly deliver the project to this point shows the skills and expertise of the team and they should be immensely proud of the work so far.”
Vestas came on board as turbine producer in 2016, at which point SSE’s Director of Development Mike Seaton said: “Stronelairg wind farm is a carefully designed project which will bring significant benefits to the local and wider UK community.”
President of Vestas Northern Europe, Klaus Steen Mortensen, added: “Not only will it be our largest onshore wind project in the UK, the order underlines the versatility and competitiveness of Vestas’ wind turbines in the UK market.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.