Blue Energy orders 30 German turbines for new 109MW wind farm in the Highlands

CGI image of Blue Energy's  Beinneun Wind Farm, near Fort Augustus
CGI image of Blue Energy’s Beinneun Wind Farm, near Fort Augustus

A German wind turbine manufacturer has won its biggest UK contract with an order to supply more than 30 machines to a new wind parc in Inverness-shire.

Senvion has signed a new contract with renewable energy developer Blue Energy to supply 32 turbines to the developer’s Beinneun Wind Farm, near Fort Augustus.

With a total rated output of 108.8 megawatts (MW), the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power more than 59,000 homes each year.

The Beinneun parc marks the fifth turbine supply contract where Blue Energy and Senvion have partnered in the UK. Senvion has more than 1.4 gigawatts of installed capacity in the UK. 

Beinneun will also be Blue Energy’s largest onshore wind farm project in the UK and will consist of 10 Senvion 3.4M104 turbines and 22 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines.

The turbines are due to be delivered in Autumn 2016 and the project’s expected date of commissioning is at the end of 2016.

Senvion will provide the full maintenance of the wind farm project for 20 years.

Raymond Gilfedder, Senvion Northern Europe Managing Director, said: “We are very proud to have signed the company’s biggest UK onshore turbine contract. 10 years ago, Senvion installed its first turbine in the UK. We have come a long way and this contract marks a huge milestone in our company’s history.”

Chris Dean, Chief Executive, of Cheshire-based Blue Energy, said: “The Senvion turbines are ideally suited to the Beinneun wind characteristics”.

The company’s community benefit scheme will provide up to £544,000 per annum (£5,000/MW) and  five annual scholarships of £1,000 towards tertiary education, and households within five miles of the site will receive £250 per year as a contribution towards their domestic electricity bills.

Since setting up in 2010, Blue Energy has built and financed a portfolio comprising over 300mW of wind farms under management and in construction – and it remains keen to acquire more.

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