Preliminary engineering on the wind farm, which will consist of 39 turbines, is scheduled to start by 2013 and the farm is expected to be fully operational in 2016. The project includes a commitment to the Western Isles transmission link, which will be commissioned in 2015 and will improve security of supply to the islands.
Steve Riley, chief executive officer and president of IPR-GDF SUEZ UK-Europe, calls the project “a positive step for us in developing a major wind portfolio in Scotland. It will provide a significant boost to the local economy as well as help to secure future UK energy supply from renewable sources.”
This is the latest energy project for IPR-GDF SUEZ UK-Europe in Scotland. The company also has its 20MW Craigengelt wind farm near Stirling, and is a 45 percent partner in the Meygen tidal stream project, a joint venture between International Power, Morgan Stanley (45 percent) and Atlantis Resources Corporation (10 percent).
IPR-GDF SUEZ UK-Europe is one of the six regions of International Power, a leading independent electricity generating company operating in 30 countries. The UK-Europe region has a direct interest in 13,889MW gross (9,351MW net) power capacity in operation. In the UK, the portfolio includes 11 plants with a total capacity of 9,233MW and a retail business for the commercial & industrial sectorFor more information, visit www.iprplc-gdfsuez.com.