Muirhall Energy resolves seven year planning battle with Edinburgh airport to build new West Lothian wind farm

Chris Walker
Chris Walker

Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables have appointed Senvion and AE Yates as the suppliers of turbines and balance of plant respectively, for their Tormywheel Wind Farm in West Lothian after a seven year planning battle.

Having initially received planning consent in 2007, the 30MW Tormywheel was put on hold due to an air traffic issue.

But after Muirhall and WWS acquired the project in Summer 2015, the partnership invested in a brand new Terma radar system for Edinburgh airport –  which will be delivered into service in January 2017- to resolve this issue.

The turbine agreement will see 15 Senvion MM92 2.05MW machines erected on the wind farm, which is located aout a mile south of Fauldhouse.

Turbine delivery is expected to commence in November 2016, and the project will be commissioned shortly afterwards. The installed turbines will have a hub height of 64 metres, with a tip height of 111 metres and will be able to meet the electricity needs of over 24,000 households.

Tormywheel Wind Farm continues a strong and successful relationship with the German manufacturer, which has seen them deliver and erect turbines at Muirhall Windfarm (12.3MW) in 2010, and Muirhall Windfarm Extension (6.4MW) in 2014.

Civils contractor AE Yates began construction on the site at the end of April, and Muirhall are liaising closely with them to ensure a smooth construction process with minimal disruption to the surrounding areas.

Chris Walker, Managing Director, Muirhall Energy, said: “These two companies have a proven track record of delivering significant infrastructure projects, and we expect Tormywheel to be delivered to the same high standard.”

“Tormywheel is another significant investment being made as a result of the successful partnership of Muirhall Energy and WWS Renewables, and we look forward to pursuing several new developments in the near future.”

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